Books About Friendship
The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver, Y Fiction Kingsolver
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots.
The Clique: A Novel by Lisi Harrison, Y Fiction Harrison
Wealthy Massie is determined to exclude middle class Claire, the daughter of her father's old friend, from her seventh-grade clique at a very exclusive private school in Westchester, New York, but after Massie steals her only friend, Claire strikes back.
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks, Y Fiction Fredericks
Four students, who have formed a study group to prepare for the SAT exam, sustain each other through the emotional highs and lows of their junior year in high school.
Define "Normal": A Novel by Julie Anne Peters, Y Fiction Peters
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: A Novel by E. Lockhart, Y Fiction Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian, Y Fiction Brian
When Lane and Vivi's best friend Isabelle has her heart broken by her unreliable boyfriend, they decide to save her by inventing a new boy on the Internet to ask Isabelle to the prom, but the scheme quickly becomes complicated, and the results surprise them all.
Feathered by Laura Kasischke, Y Fiction Kasischke
While on Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost--seemingly forever.
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw, Y Fiction Shaw
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.
Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb, Y Fiction Limb, Y Books on CD Limb
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.
Invisible by Pete Hautman, Y Fiction Hautman
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman, Y Fiction Korman
Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.
The Loud Silence of Francine Greenby Karen Cushman, Y Fiction Cushman, Y Books on CD Cushman
In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.
Lucky by Rachel Vail, Y Fiction Vail
As Phoebe and her clique of privileged girlfriends get ready to graduate from eighth grade, a financial scandal threatens her family's security--as well as Phoebe's social status--but ultimately it teaches her the real meaning of friendship.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, Y Fiction Zevin
After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.
My Contract with Henry by Robin Vaupel, Y Fiction Vaupel
A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau's experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger, Y Fiction Kluger
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori, Y Graphic Hatori
One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the 'Host Club', a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it's there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Y Fiction Haddix
Fourteen-year-old Cecilia has always known she is the true princess of Suala, but when she and her best friend, Harper, decide to speed up her ascendancy to the throne, they find danger and many imposters who challenge her claim.
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Y Fiction Martino
Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.
Private: A Novelby Kate Brian, Y Fiction Brian
When fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy, she quickly discovers that the Billings Girls are the most beautiful, intelligent, and powerful group on campus, so Reed tries to become a member. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she as been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her she feels like she's on the outside, looking in.
Project Mulberry: A Novelby Linda Sue Park, Y Fiction Park
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book.
The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman, Y Fiction Shusterman
A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Y Fiction Brashares
During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
Talent by Zoey Dean, Y Fiction Dean
Eighth-grader Kristy Armstrong decides to make her mark at clique-ruled Bel Air Middle School by following in her top talent agent-mother's footsteps and catapulting a new student into stardom, which jeopardizes her relationships with best friends Marisol and Dee.
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle, Y Fiction Myracle
Winnie's thirteenth year brings many joys and challenges as she negotiates her relationship with her first boyfriend and realizes that change is inevitable in her friends, family, and even herself.
TTYL by Lauren Myracle, Y Fiction Myracle
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt, Y Fiction Holt
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
Worst enemies, best friends by Annie Bryant, Y Fiction Bryant
Charlotte Ramsey is the new girl again, and ready to make friends and stay in one place. After causing the biggest cafeteria blunder in the history of Abigail Adams Junior High School, Charlotte's assigned lunch partners, Katani, Avery and Maeve, can't wait to dump her. Can it get any worse?
Wrestling Sturbridge by Rich Wallace, Y Fiction Wallace
Stuck in a small town where no one ever leaves and relegated by his wrestling coach to sit on the bench while his best friend becomes state champion, Ben decides he can't let his last high school wrestling season slip by without challenging his friend and the future.
You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah! by Fiona Rosenbloom, Y Fiction Rosenbloom
As her bat mitzvah approaches, Stacy Adelaide Friedman of White Plains, New York, has a lot on her mind. Her parents have separated, her mother dresses her like an American Girl doll, her younger brother is embarrassing, and she is totally in love with Andy Goldfarb.
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