Margeaux Baulch Klein
August 31, 2017 7:53 am
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Your friends are the most important relationships you have when you’re a kid, much more so than any puppy crush. That’s why, although adult novels often plum the depths of romance, young adult books tend to revolve around themes of friendship and are filled with friendship quotes that perfectly sum up how we feel about our besties. Whether you’re looking for some inspiring words to send to your BFF or want to reflect on what friendship means to you, these quotes about friendship from YA novels will make you feel all the feels.

1From I See London, I See France:


“A friendship can’t survive on childhood memories alone. We have to create new experiences, or the friendship will shrivel up.” – Sarah Mlynowski

2From The Hate U Give:


“Besties before testes.” – Angie Thomas

3From Because You’ll Never Meet Me:

Bloomsbury Publishing

“Wait, how do most people make friends? I’ve only done it once. There has to be an easier way of going about it than getting thrown around and bleeding all over the place. But both of us went through that. So maybe…Nosebleeds = Friendship. Maybe friends are drawn to bloodshed. You know. Like sharks.” – Leah Thomas

4From The Summer I Turned Pretty:

Simon & Schuster

“Best friends are important. They’re the closest thing to a sister you’ll ever have.” – Jenny Han

5From Someone Like You:

Simon & Schuster

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” – Sarah Dessen

6From Kristy and the Mother’s Day Surprise:


“Sometimes I think of my friends as family, too. Is that weird? I don’t know. But my friends do feel like family.” – Ann M. Martin

7From Vampire Academy:

Penguin Books

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.” – Richelle Mead

8From Fangirl:

St. Martin's Press

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me.” – Rainbow Rowell

9From Before I Fall:


“A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.” – Lauren Oliver

10From Just Visiting:

Spencer Hill Press

“When a friendship crumbles, there are only really two things that can bring it back: a shitload of time, or a sincere apology.” – Dahlia Adler

11From Since You’ve Been Gone:

Simon & Schuste

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what. The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home. And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.” – Morgan Matson

12From Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List:

Random House

“It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.” ― Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

13From Anne of Green Gables:

Simon & Schuster

“True friends are always together in spirit.” – L.M. Montgomery

14From Sisterhood Everlasting:

Dell Publishing

“She existed in her friends; there she was. All the parts of herself she’d forgotten. She knew herself best when she was with them.” – Ann Brashares

15From Smart Girls Get What They Want:

Bloomsbury Publishing

“Friends should have the right to adopt one another after age thirteen.” – Sarah Strohmeyer

16From You’re the One That I Want:

Little, Brown and Company

“Sometimes a BFF makes you go W.T.F., but without them we’d all be a little less richer in our lives.” – Cecily von Ziegesar

17From Anne of Avonlea:

Simon and Schuster

“Oh, sometimes I think it is of no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after awhile and leave a hurt that is worse than the emptiness before they came.” – L.M. Montgomery

18From: The Start of Me and You:

Bloomsbury USA

“In friendship, we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.” – Emery Lord