Books With Great Female Friendships

Female friendships are almost never done right. 

I feel like we come across many female relationships and friendships done wrong. From girls in all boys groups without a single female friend to girls being at each other’s throats, different female relationships are done terribly wrong. I personally feel that female friendships are so important, and are something really special and I always appreciate when a book does it right. It’s especially great when YA books do it right, since YA tends to ruin it. So here’s a list of books with wonderful female friendships that you should check out!

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

While this is a thriller/mystery novel, at the centre of this novel are three women, their lives and troubles and most importantly, their friendships. While all of them are really different, they are very supportive and there for each other. I love friendships when there’s so much understanding and I think Moriarty did an amazing job with these three women.  If you’re interested in more of my thoughts, you can find my review HERE.

2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

You’ve already heard that this features a great female friendship, so I am just going to say that that drives the whole plot. Iseult and Safi are separated and they spend the books trying to find each other and to save each other and it’s so refreshing to see this in YA Fantasy. I like both Safi and Iseult, but Iseult is definitely one of my favorite character ever. The world and the magic are also really interesting so there’s no reason not to read this. You can find my review HERE.

3. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir by Amy Silverstein

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir

This is a non fiction book, and it’s a memoir by Amy about her friends who helped her get through one of the hardest periods of her life. She needed a heart transplant and her heart was failing, and this book explores how her girlfriends helped her survive this period and how friendship is so important in times like that. And it’s an overall celebration of friendship and resilience and it would be a great book to read with your female friends.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This is a YA that did friendship right. I feel like Reagan and Cath’s friendship was so well done. They are completely different and sometimes they clash, but I feel like the fact that Reagan helped Cath get out there and how she was there for here when Cath had trouble adjusting to college, and just how the whole Levi thing was handled between them was so awesome and thank you, Rainbow, for not making it about a boy. Highly recommend this book.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

You knew this had to be on here. Nina and Inej are so wonderful together. They’ve been through hell and back and through it all they remained friends. They are so loyal and they care so deeply for each other and it’s all kinds of great. No need to recommend this series to you, since you know it’s one of my faves and it’s absolutely great. And there’s a lot of great friendships in here, but Inej and Nina are definitely my absolute faves.

6. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen 

Along for the Ride

This book doesn’t get enough credit. I believe it’s the best Dessen and it’s so important when you take into consideration female friendships in here. Auden is a very judgmental person and she starts out with a lot of animosity towards other girls in this, but Dessen handles this so well, and sends a message about how girls should support each other and how there’s no need to hate on each other. I absolutely LOVE how female relationships were handled in here. Plus the romance in here it’s cute and I don’t think it’s the focal point which is another plus. PLEASE READ IT. 

SO those are all the books I wanted to talk about! Let me know how you like them, and please recommend me more books with great female friendships!


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20 thoughts on “Books With Great Female Friendships

  1. Totally agree with Big Little Lies and Six of Crows! I think women were handled so well in general in regards to Big Little Lies; after watching the show, I felt like it was highlighted even more for me, for some reason. 😝 I haven’t read enough of Fangirl to get the full extent of their friendship; I should really read it! 😂

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  2. I haven’t read most of these but I love the topic! I think too many times it’s all about the couples and romance. Friendships deserve more attention too!

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  3. Great list! We are so glad you included Fangirl! We love that book, and we remember literally cheering when Cath and Reagan choose to not let a boy come between them! It showed so much maturity and really emphasized that friendships are just as important as romantic relationships!

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  4. I’ve not really thought about the friendships in books before. So many of them centre mainly on the romance. I do enjoy mixing in YA and happily admit I read a wide range of genres.
    I can only think of a couple of YA books that’s I’ve read recently which could fit.
    The Children Of Albion by Jill Turner is a hard-hitting novel about children seeking an escape from the brutal reality of their upbringing.
    My other suggestion was The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski, but it is really a romance.

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  5. I need to read six of crows ASAP! I’ve been meaning to get around to it for so long because everyone tells me it’s amazing. I love good friendships in books, particularly female friendships. I feel like there’s this massive mean girl trope which I hate, why can’t girls in books just be nice to each other? Great post 💖

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  6. I love female friendships! I totally agree with Six of Crows- Nina and Inej were one of my favorite parts of the entire series. I think my all time favorite female friendships are in The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. They are all different but mesh well together and understand each other and love each other so so much and it’s just so inspiring there’s no cattiness just like complete honesty.

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