Bookish BFFs: Girls and Boys Can Be Just Friends!


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 ThorneThe 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!

  1. Cátia says:

    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

  2. Word Wonders says:

    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

  3. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny says:

    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. ^.^

  4. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    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

  5. lostwithinwordsx says:

    I love reading about a good platonic relationship! My favorite would definitely have to be Harry and Hermione 😀 Their friendship is amazing ❤

  6. Kat Impossible says:

    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.

  7. Bookworm Shivalika says:

    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?

  8. Tasya says:

    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…)

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