I’ve been meaning to write a post about friendship for a while but I always forget about it. Now that the year is about to end, it seems like a fitting topic. I love my friends, both blogging and real life friends, and I don’t know what I’d do without all of you. I remember someone saying something along the lines of, “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves” and it’s true, isn’t it? I think it’s an amazing feeling when you discover kindred spirits in other people. Also, we don’t give recognition to friends as often as they deserve. More often than not, people are focused on the romantic aspect of their lives when friendship is just as important. So I thought I’d highlight some of the books that I’ve read this year that celebrate friendship as a sort of tribute to all my wonderful friends.
Jaclyn Moriarty’s books: Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie – I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading Jaclyn Moriarty’s books is that it focuses more on friendships rather than romance like most other contemporary YA books do. My favorite is The Year of Secret Assignments because it deals with a group of three girls who’ve been best friends for the longest time. I also liked the epistolary format of these novels.
Pegasus by Robin McKinley – What could be a better example of a book about friendship than one that focuses on two beings from different species? Princess Sylvi and the pegasus prince Ebon show us that two very different beings can transcend cultural and biological differences to become the best of friends.
Plain Kate by Erin Bow – This book goes to show that animal companionship is just as important as human connection. Sure, Plain Kate’s cat, Taggle, can talk but even if he can’t, I’m sure he will be just as loyal and Plain Kate will love him just as much.
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets – This book shows how easy it is for teenage girls to bond and become the best of friends just because they share common interests (like a major crush on an American pop icon). Also illustrates how teenage girls are the same no matter the time period because this book occurs in the 1950s.
Ellen Emerson White’s books: The Road Home and the President’s Daughter series (The President’s Daughter, White House Autumn, Long Live the Queen) – Since EEW’s characters go through so much, they really need to have their friends with them. In Rebecca’s case in The Road Home, she has the cerebral Major and Michael to help her deal with the war in Vietnam. In Meg’s case in the President’s Daughter books, she has Beth and Preston who are both there for her whenever she needs to lean on someone.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – There’s a story within the story in this book and both threads have the theme of friendship in them. There’s the group of five mysterious kids in the past and there’s Taylor, who’s reluctant to form any connection with anyone but unwittingly gains loyal friends along the way.
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner – You all know how much I love MWT’s books and one of the reasons for this is the character development in them and how the characters relate to each other. Some examples: Gen and Helen’s camaraderie, everyone’s friendship with the Magus, Helen and Irene and how they understand each other even if they’re so different, Sophos and how he looks up to Gen. I can go on but I think you get the picture.
Those are the books that I’ve read this year that have fine examples of friendship in fiction. How about you, did you encounter any books with a similar theme?
MANIGONG BAGONG TAON! 🙂 Happy New Year, everyone.