When Caitlin Somers chooses Victoria Leonard to be her friend, Vix’s world opens. As someone who has spent her life blending in, becoming friends with Caitlin—the most envied girl in school—means summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and a lifelong friendship. But years later, the simplistic relationship they once had has become complicated. And when Caitlin gets engaged and asks Vix to be her maid of honor, the two are forced to confront the very things that pulled them apart.
The Girls from Corona del Mar
Fans of Elena Ferrante’s books will love this story of two friends, different in every way. Mia’s boisterous personality often outshines Lorrie Ann’s meek, but more mature, nature. But as relationships are wont to do, time changes their friendship and they soon find their roles reversed. Lorrie Ann, once trouble-free, is now burdened with responsibility while Mia is falling in love and having adventures. As they each question who the other person has become, their friendship is put to the test.
If the title didn’t make it clear, this is the story of two best friends, Clare and Sally, though their friendship is an unlikely one. While Sally calls Los Angeles home, Clare comes from a working class family in Ohio, and quickly becomes fascinated with Sally’s charmed and sheltered life. We follow their friendship for many years, watching as they graduate from college and move into the real world, where their differences become even more stark. Time and distance don’t seem to damage their bond, but when long-held secrets are revealed, their relationship faces the ultimate test. Even if your friendship doesn’t mirror Sally and Clare’s, it’s hard not to relate to their struggles as they attempt to hold on to one another over the years.
Days of Awe
What do you do when you lose your best friend? That’s the terrifying reality Isabel (Izzie) is facing after her childhood friend Josie tragically dies in a car accident. Overwhelmed by sadness, Izzie retreats from everyone—her husband, her daughter, her mother—as the aftermath of Josie’s death creates a ripple effect among everyone she loves. A difficult yet fun read, you’ll keep turning the pages to experience more of Izzie’s dynamic voice and and unique perspective on love, friendship, work, and motherhood.
Tiny Beautiful Things
Hailed as the self-help book that women love to give to one another, this slim volume allows you to call on Cheryl Strayed for advice about any of your woes. Based on Dear Sugar, her once-anonymous advice column for The Rumpus, Strayed doles out the words everyone needs to hear. It will have you weeping and laughing all at the same time, and then running out to overnight a copy to your best friend.
Let's Take the Long Way Home
One of the hardest things in life is losing your friend to illness. In this powerful memoir that examines those friendships that are more akin to family, Gail Caldwell recounts a relationship that shared everything and defined what were two ordinary lives. Brave and honest, funny and heart-wrenching, Gail’s celebration of her and Caroline’s relationship will have you calling your best friend as soon as you turn the last page.
Female friendships—arguably one of the most important relationships in a woman’s life, but they are often fraught with jealousy and competition. Some friends you make as a child and keep forever; others you find later in life and wonder where the heck they’ve been. No matter how long you’ve been friends, the books on this list are perfect for sharing with your BFF.
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