Sundi Rose
June 08, 2015 12:58 pm

Happy Best Friends Day, to all you besties out there! Here’s a fun fact: Everything is better when you do it with your best friend. Shopping, vacationing, snacking … reading. Even though the actual reading part is something you do on your own, sometimes, the fun doesn’t even start until you find somebody else who is loving the same book at the same time and then, magic happens.

Good books are meant to be shared, discussed, and obsessed over, so pair up and get to reading.

Here’s a list of the 10 best books that you just MUST read with your best friend this summer. Some offer words of wisdom on friendship, others are just the kinds stories you need your best friend to weigh in on, because—as the song says—that’s what friends are for.

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler

A fun mix of personal stories and advice about love, life and relationships, Amy Poehler proves she’s a really, really wise woman, and this is valuable stuff to exchange with a friend.

Favorite Quote: “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”

Wicked Gregory Maguire

This is the story of a young and (literally) green Elphaba and her group of friends who grow up and away from each other into their very different paths. Elphaba’s just so happens to be the famed Wicked Witch of the West, and her bestie goes on to be Glinda the Good Witch. I’ll let you and your bestie sort out who’s who in your relationship.

Favorite Quote: “Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.”

Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s LearnedLena Dunham

Not that Kind of Girl is the most courageously honest accounts of a younger self that I’ve ever read. You must have someone to discuss this book with because, at times, it’s going to feel like she’s talking about your life. Guaranteed. There’s also a fantastic chapter that reveals how she met her real-life bestie, in therapy, of course.

Favorite Quote: “There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman.”

How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran

This is the story of young, put-upon teenager in 1990s England. Johanna is smart, street-savvy, sometimes too old for her years and sometimes too young – you know, just a regular girl.  You’ll love the throwback ’90s vibe, and you will root for Johanna so hard your heart will break. Most importantly, this book is about the journey to becoming your own woman—something you and your female besties can probably relate to.

Favorite Quote: “Because I haven’t yet learned the simplest and most important thing of all: the world is difficult, and we are all breakable. So just be kind.”


Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

This is an eerie account of children with “special” powers, who are thrown into some pretty extraordinary circumstances – one being time travel. Come for the quirky premise, stay for the honest and endearing characters, and bring your bestie because those creepy black-and-white photos will scare the bejesus out of you.

Favorite Quote: “How many times have I told you? Polite persons do not take supper in the nude.”

Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) Mindy Kaling

This book is as endearing and real as Mindy seems. You and your buds will never feel like you’re laughing at Mindy because you’ll be too busy feeling like you ARE Mindy. Also there are some great moments between Mindy and her bestie that prove combining your creative talents (and impersonations of Matt and Ben) can change your life.

Favorite Quote: “One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.”

Sula – Toni Morrison

This is the story of two childhood friends, separated as young adults and then reunited as grown women. Their friendship, as is Toni Morrison’s way, is told with dignity and poise and is a must read for anyone who has ever had a friend. It’s gorgeous and will break your heart a hundred times and then build you right back up.

Favorite Quotes: “It was a fine cry – loud and long – but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”

A Tale of Two Besties – Sophia Rossi

This is a read to do with a friend because all those teenage feels will come flooding back and it’s always best to have someone to share them with. Whether you’re 14 or slightly more removed from high school, you’ll absolutely find something to love about this new book that perfectly explores the highs and lows of your first bestie relationship.

Favorite Quote: “I am sending you a stealth message from history class to tell you that I love you so much that I am going to start a Kickstarter to support my dream of creating a museum dedicated to the stray hairs I’ve collected from you.”

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