We’re fast approaching Valentine’s day, and I’ve pledged that this month I’ll only read Romances (and it’s going great so far – 3 down!). But a couple of days ago was Friends’ Day, did you know that? Yep. So it got me thinking about something I really love to read in books: strictly platonic boy-girl BFFs. Oh, don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite type of romance to read is BFFs turned something more, but I do love when a book shows that a girl and a boy can be friends and nothing more. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Juliette and Kenji – Shatter Me Trilogy
I absolutely love Kenji and Juliette’s dynamic. They go to strangers to best friends in no time, because they connect really well together. And although Kenji throws some flirtation around – because it’s Kenji and he just can’t help it – there’s never a moment where it seems like their relation might go that way. Instead, they truly become BFFs, with Juliette using her BFF as a relationship advisor and all.
2. Cinder and Thorne – The Lunar Chronicles
Their relationship warms my heart! I just love how much they fight and banter and everything, but at the end of the day, they trust each other completely and would do just about anything for one another.
3. Harry and Hermione – Harry Potter
This is goals! Never while reading the 7 books, did I ever doubt that this was a strictly platonic friendship. NEVER! Harry and Hermione are BFFs and that’s it. Yes, I’m aware that a while back J.K. Rowling said that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, but I’m gonna forget she ever said that, because Hermione always belonged with Ron.
4. Simon and Penny – Carry On
Oh, they are beyond perfect! I love their friendship. Early in the book, Simon explain how he and Penny are just friends and they never felt more than that, and how some people thought it was weird… yeah, see point nº 3!
5. Maggie and Ben – The One Thing
Even though Ben is several years younger than Maggie, their friendship is beautiful and one of the many reasons you should read The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. I wish I had a Ben in my life…
So, tell me. Do you like to read about awesome friendships between boys and girls that doesn’t lead anywhere else? What’s your favorite?
74 thoughts on “Bookish BFFs: Girls and Boys Can Be Just Friends!”
I agreee with all the friendships you have here form the books I’ve read (which is all except The One Thing 😛 ). I see that you decided not to include Simon and Clary. Normaly I try to forget that they had some kind of relationship that it was not a friendship because it was just wrong
ehhe. it was so so wrong. but it did happen. and he was a puppy in love for a long time, so he was out 😛
I will try to forget once again that it happened XD
good luck 😛
btw, did you see that scene from Winter? the high five? how cool is that?
So cool. I loved it. I hadn’t seen it yet. It looks like I don’t look for enough Lunar Chronicles fan art XD
are you kidding? you’re always looking at TLC fanart :P. this one was new, I think 😉
Not always. I did look at a lot of fan art the days after finishing the book XD .
That’s why I hadn’t seen it yet. Lately I only look for TLC fan art when I need something for posts and I normally don’t look for Cinder and Thorne fan art 😛
yeah, it’s usually the couples! hey, btw, have you listened to the news about Iko’s graphic novels?
Yep. I’m excited and I need that in my life 😀
😀 me too. if someone deserved a story of their own, is Iko!
True. Do you know if it happens before or after the events of Winter??
I would think after, right? it’s her in her new body, so it has to be after… right?
I was reading Marissa Meyer blog about it and it’s after Winter and before the epilogue. And it’s a two-part graphic novel
ok 🙂 that’s cool. what happens at that epilogue? is she with Kenney? 😛
It will have a new villain and a certain guard will appear 😀
OHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my ship will sail!!!!!!!!
I think it will. I don’t know a lot about the epilogue. I know who’s getting married and that Thorne is snarky as always (I might have read a few quotes on someone’s review XD )
as long as Thorne and Cress are happy, I’m cool. 😀 😀 😀
Me too! Can I have a graphic novel about them?? I would be a happy girl
oh yes. just them, on the rampion. living their normal lives… *sigh*
Imagine… Thorne would be showing Cress the world and it would be cuteness overload
oh yeah, i can totally see it. and he would be like a puppy in love, because he always is when he’s around her :d
We have to stop to think about new books in series we like. It’s not good for us XD
what ever do you mean? 😛 😉
Yesterday you were giving names to an unexistent Chasing the Dream book. Now this?? XD
eheh :D, wouldn’t it be awesome if those things happened? by the way, I need another book from the Second Chances series…
It would be amazing!! Yep, I need that one too because I miss Seth and Ryan
so much =/
I WILL TRUST IN THE ROWLING POST-STORY CANON OF HARRY AND HERMIONE.
what? you prefer Harry and Hermione together? What???
I didn’t know that J. K. Rowling said tha, HOW DARE SHE? Haha well doesn’t change how I feel about Hermione and Ron, I’ll forever cherish them as well as her friendship with Harry
yep, she did. I was mad. Ron and Hermione are super perfect together :D. And Harry and Hermione being just friends is super awesome.
Exactly ! Plus I really ship Harry and Ginny too
oh yeah, for sure. Book Harry and Ginny rock!
YASSS! All of the above! My fav has to be Simon and Baz and Harry and Hermione #friendshipgoals lol
I just love to read good friendships 😀
me too! 😀
First two people I thought of when I read the title was Juliette and Kenji, I absolutely adore their friendship and how it developed.
me too :D. I never expected them to become such good friends, but I love that they did. 😀
Absolutely agree with Cinder and Thorne. I was always rooting for Harry and Hermione to end up together, but I will admit that their platonic friendship is great. ^.^
i love thorne and cinder :D, the friendships on the Rampion are great :).
I agree with you on Kenji and Juliette, and Harry and Hermione. Both are friendship goals, I love them so, SO much! ❤ I'm always so happy that Harry and Hermione were strictly friends. and like you, I'm going to ignore the fact that they were supposed to end up together haha :p
😀 I honestly need a Kenji in my life 😀
Me too!! 😀
I love reading about a good platonic relationship! My favorite would definitely have to be Harry and Hermione 😀 Their friendship is amazing ❤
AH! SUCH A GREAT POST! I love reading about just platonic friendships sometimes, especially when the romance is taking over almost everything else. Love your examples too, I am currently trying to think of some who would have made it onto my list but I am not sure … It makes me sad that I can’t think of anything that stayed strictly platonic. A lot of the people I think of had at least tension or failed at dating and remained besties afterwards.
I can totally get the struggle… this list was supposed to be bigger, but all the other people were at some point interested or something… for instance, Clary and Simon. =/
Exactly! I thought of them as well and then of some characters from The Boy Next Door and then Ely and Naomi from Ely and Naomi’s No Kiss List … it was a struggle, because there were always requited feelings somewhere.
yep =/, well, now I want to do a list of great couples who started out as friends, because I like those too 🙂
Then you should! hahaha
😉 i need to get working on that one
Cool! I’m looking forward to your list!
I am feeling so drained of creativity lately. I am just going through the motions now, only doing the normal tags and lists and reviews I should really come up with something more unique …
oh Kat, this week was hard for you. you’ll need sometime to be able to be productive while adjusting to the new work life.
It was a whole new world. I am surprised I only skipped one day of blogging hahaha
see, you did super well. and you read a lot!
True! I think I can actually manage with the reading target I set for myself this month. My Shannara book should come on Monday as well 😀
Harry and Hermione are ultimate friendship goals! I haven’t read the rest of them but featuring along Harry and Hermione I’m sure they must be great as well. 🙂 And since you’re reading romance this month are you planning to read any historical romance?
harry and hermione are great! Historical romance? not really, I only have contemporaries to get through. do you have any recomendation? 😉
That I have many but I would say Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is excellent for starters. Infact I’m rereading it for the Popsugar Challenge! 🙂
😀 i might check it out
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Juliette and Kenji, they’re my favorites! Kenji really pushes Juliette and always tell the truth no matter how hard. And they’re always there for each other. Everyone wants a best friend like kenji<3 I don't like authors who pairs everyone, I mean not everyone could find their happy ending. And it's kind of weird reading group of friends where they're all make out with each other… (percy jackson series, tmi series, and many more…)
yes! Kenji is the best!
I have to completely agree with this post, and I love it! My best friend -is- a guy! Been that way for years. 😀
:D. that’s awesome!
Cinder and Thorne is probably my favourite, though I love Harry and Hermione and Simon and Penny too of course 😀
i’m honestly a sucker for any book that introduces a boy-girl friendship without any underlying potential romance :D. and anything that has Thorne in it is bound to be amazing
Same! I love it so much.