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25 Books About Friendship for Adults

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If you’re not familiar with our story, we started the Book Girls’ Guide as two best friends, living in different states, with a shared love of books. So, it only made sense for us to curate a list of the best novels about friendship!

Three angled covers of books about friendship in shades of pink, purple and blue. The center book is titled The Bright Side Running Club.

The Book Girls Friendship Story

Our own friendship started in 2014 at a conference for home decor bloggers (Angela also owns and Melissa owns Soon, we learned we’d both be at another conference later that year and agreed to be roommates. Before leaving the second trip, we had already schemed up a trip to New York City with our spouses. Over the past 8 years, we’ve spent time in more than 10 different cities for both work and fun.

We’ve had some unforgettable experiences along with way. From seeing the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway to both being named “Stylemakers” by Better Homes & Gardens magazine the same year, and from accidentally chatting with one of The Temptations in Beverly Hills to being photographed with Kelly Osborne and making it into her Instagram feed, it’s been a crazy 8 years.

So, it’s only appropriate that Book Girls’ Guide started on one of these trips! In the fall of 2019, Angela flew from her home in Denver to Melissa’s house in Tulsa. Then, we started a road trip to a conference in Austin. Along the way, we stopped at Magnolia Market in Waco.

While waiting on the patio for lunch, the idea of a shared book recommendation site was born. In the next few hours, as we continued our drive to Austin, we never stopped brainstorming. By the time we reached our hotel, we had picked the name, purchased the domain, and set up social media accounts!

By the next morning, we had a logo, the shell of the website, and a list of over 100 post ideas. It was fast and fabulous!

We hoped people would enjoy the site and that it would be fun project for us to tackle together. But, we underestimated how well you would respond to the Decades Challenge, Book Voyage Reading Challenge, Lifetime of Reading Challenge, and the Read with the Book Girls Facebook group. Our kind readers make all the long hours are so worth it. Plus, our friendship is better than ever!

Friendship Books

We hope this list of books about female friendship (plus a couple of can’t-miss male picks) will bring lots of good memories of someone that has been a brilliant friend to you! We’ve selected friendship books that cover a variety of genres, time periods, and life experiences.

The main characters in the friendship fiction titles on the list below range from teens to middle-aged to elderly. If you’re interested in reading books about best friends during a certain season of life, check out these books lists. We’ve curated recommendations for each decade of life (characters in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.).

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Books About Friendship

Books About Friendship (Text over book covers)

PS: There are also many great children’s books – from picture books, like the animal friends in A Sick Day for Amos McGee, to early readers, like the Ivy & Bean series – that help teach the value of friendship. They’re sweet books to help your child make fast friends when they head off to school or daycare for the first time.

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Joan Croce

Friday 3rd of February 2023

I would also recommend Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce who also wrote The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye(another favorite!). Wonderful friendship story with two extremely different characters. The audio version is excellent!


Friday 3rd of February 2023

This is a great list! I’d also recommend the Finlay Donovan series by Elle Cosimano. The first is Finlay Donovan is Killing It. The friendship between Finlay and Vero is fantastic and I highly recommend the audio. The narrator is terrific! Thanks for all you do!


Saturday 21st of January 2023

I would add 'Anne of Green Gables' and the The Devine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood'.

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Monday 28th of November 2022

[…] other readers. You can read more about how this site started and who we are at the beginning of our books about friendship […]


Friday 1st of April 2022

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood stands out to me as one of the best books ever written on female friendship. So fun to read about life in the South and in a simpler time. One of my all time favorites!