There is a time in our lives when friendship is very important. This is when we want to find our own identity, apart from our familial and social circumstances. Friends play an influential role in the lives of children and young adults.
Here are some books for teenagers and young adults on the subject.
1. Sula by Toni Morrison
This is a moving and inspiring story of two childhood friends who grew up together. They were moved apart by circumstances and were later re- united.
2. The Outsiders by S E Hinton
The protagonist of this book is a part of a gang. When his friend gets into serious trouble, his loyalty is put to the test.
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan before the Russian invasion, the story tells of an unusual friendship between the son of a rich merchant and his servant’s son.
4. Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The author shares her insecurities about friendship and extols the virtues of nurturing a relationship with a friend you can share your feelings with.
5. A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi
Teenagers often ride an emotional roller coaster. The ups and downs of friendship are explored in this book.
6. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
This is the story of two good friends, one of whom is a stronger personality. When she is faced with tragedy and crisis, however, she is at a complete loss. She has to turn to her less confident but dependable friend.
7. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore
The protagonist can’t stop thinking about her childhood friend. She longs for those happy days they spent together.
8. Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
This unlikely friendship is between an HIV positive older woman and a former model. It is set in New York in the 1980s.
9. The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Two teenage girls are neighbours and best friends. When one of them goes missing, the other is desperate to find her. In the course of her search, she discovers that she did not know her friend as well as she thought she did.
10. Truth and Beauty by Anne Patchet
This is a moving tribute to the writer’s close friend and fellow writer who died of cancer before she turned forty.
1.George and Martha:
The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall This book is about two friends who sometimes disagree, and are sometimes even mean to each other. But they always settle their differences, because they are best friends.
2. Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
The author has written funny and unusual stories about a frog and a toad who are very fond of each other.
3. Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Elliot
What happens when a kid’s best friend acts up in school? Do they join in? This book deals with a situation commonly faced in kindergarten.
4. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
There’s a new girl at school and she’s different â€“ she’s Korean and her name sounds strange. One little boy decides to befriend her.
5. Friends by Helme Heine
This book describes the fun that friends have together. The author uses opportune moments in the narrative to point out things that friends should always do.
6. Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
The girl in the story has been hurt by her best friend and wants to take revenge. But their friendship wins, in the end.
7. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
This is an amusing story on how to turn an enemy into a best friend.
8. The Best Friends’ Book by Todd Parr
The author tells young readers what qualities an ideal best friend should have.
9. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead
The zoo keeper is sick, and his animal friends come to look after him.
10. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones
The protagonist cannot afford shoes that his wealthier classmates wear. The story tells of his friendship with a student in the same situation.