I recently finished reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and it was a tragically beautiful book. One of the key things that stood out to me was the power of friendships. This got me thinking and appreciating all the wonderful friendships in my life, particularly all my girl friendships. These are the girls that have stood by me no matter what crazy idea I come up and who are always ready to let me know when those crazy ideas have gone too far. The books that illustrate beautiful friendships with plenty of girl power and pizazz always get me right in the feels. So this is my love letter to all of those friends IRL and those friends in books, turn up that drake song and read on to find out books that are perfect for those who love them too:
Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Series
Kristen Ashley writes amazing friendships in her series. However, the book that made me fall in love with her friendships was the Rock Chick Series. Set in Denver, it introduces a group of girls that are go-getters and not afraid to get their hands dirty. They come from all different walks of life with different perspectives, but put them together with one of Elvira’s boards and lots of drinks and it’s always a party. After finding my own group of rock chicks after attending many of Kristen Ashley’s events, I love revisiting this series to see these friendships blossom again and again. If you’ve never been to one of her events, go! It’s a room full of good vibes and amazing women.
Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City Series
These group of friends meet in their knitting club. I loved the premise because I thought it was so unique, I hadn’t read a book set up in in a knitting club. The the series takes us from the city to the country on new adventures. I haven’t joined a knitting club but, I’ve met the greatest group of girls through book clubs and this series brings out that love of books and friends that I found.
Sarina Bowen’s True North Series
Not all friendships have a great start, and this series illustrates that. With miscommunications and in the case of the book, Fireworks, sometimes time can heal all wounds. In Fireworks, Skye returns to town but hasn’t gotten over her high school experience there. Zara Rossi played a big part in her torture but, time has made her into a completely different person. I loved how the story depicted that with forgiveness comes a new strength and showed that fences can be mended.
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
This was a hilarious look into the world of beauty queens. There’s a case of switched places and Charlotte has to navigate an unfamiliar world at crunch time. What stood out to me was the non-cattiness of the girls in the pageant. Teri Wilson makes it a point to show the power of having the best girls beside you. When Charlotte wasn’t sure what to do, she asked for help and in that crazy competitive world, she got it. Sometimes girl friendships are only shown in the negative light but this book perfectly shows there’s more to it.
The Bridgertons Series by Julia Quinn
This series is going to be a show on Netflix and I cannot get enough of it! Sometimes our friendships come from family. I love my family and some of my best moments and most annoying moments come from them. The Bridgertons perfectly exemplifies why family walks a fine line between good natured fun and wanting to wrestle them to the ground. But the love these girls have for each other (and sometimes their brothers) lifts off the pages. Friends of the sisters also become part of the family and it’s a big wild mix with lots of stories and amazing hi-jinx.
This Galentines day make sure to thank all the special ladies in your life. Whether it be IRL or in fiction, make sure to spend that day with the very best! If you have any other books that highlight amazing girlships make sure to send them my way.