Best Friends Forever: Female Characters We’d Love to Be Friends With

Books may be known for giving us significant other goals, but sometimes, we just really need a fictional friend to talk to.

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Authors can give readers many things: a new obsession, unrealistic expectations, tears, strains on our credit cards, etc. But one of the most amazing things is that they can create characters that just understand us — in a platonic sense. And in honor of Women’s History Month, the Bookstr team wants to give a shoutout to the sassy, badass women in fiction. So, read on to learn which female characters the Bookstr team would love to have their BFFs!

Nina Zenik From Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I absolutely adore Nina, and I would love for her to be my best friend! I admire how she’s always unapologetically herself. Nina is who she is, and she doesn’t care what you think about it. That’s definitely a lesson I could learn from her. Plus, Nina’s love for waffles and other sweets means she would definitely know the best restaurants. I can imagine us going to delicious brunches every weekend if she were my best friend! But most importantly, Nina is endlessly dedicated to the people she loves — no doubt she would be a loyal lifelong friend. 

Lauren Nee, Editorial

Hecate From Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

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I’d want to be friends with Hecate from Lore Olympus to borrow her closet. She always looks good in her office suits, but have you seen her sleeping gown? The way she carries herself, too, is just fabulous. I love her no-nonsense attitude and what a loyal friend she is to Hades — while also calling him out when necessary. So, do I want to befriend her, or do I want to be her? That’s the question.

Gabriela Collazo, Editorial

Rose Hathaway From Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Rose and I are very similar. Like her, I am outspoken, bold, reckless, and sarcastic, and I tend to act on my emotions rather than my head. My mouth moves faster than my brain, just like Rose’s does, and it also tends to get me in sticky situations. I feel like with all the things we have in common, we’d get along really well. Plus, she could teach me some self-defense moves, and I could do the same for her, as I am a martial artist. Bonding over fighting is one of the best bonding experiences, in my opinion. Kick some ass and become best friends? Count me in!

Alexandra Mellott, Editorial

Kaul Shaelinsan From The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee

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She’s just so cool. She carves out her own path rather than relying on her family’s legacy, and even when forced to choose a path, she does it her own way. She’s smart, loyal, strong, and independent. She stands for what she believes in, regardless of how it affects herself and others. I’d love to be friends with her.

Danielle Tomlinson, Editorial

Suzanne Fisher AND Jackie Chung From The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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I had to mention both ladies from this fabulous mother duo because I simply could not pick just one of them. I loved these two mom besties in the first book of The Summer I Turned Pretty series because they were exceptionally loyal to one another. They always had each other’s backs, and they always managed to laugh with one another, even during their worst times. I am beyond excited to have a motherly friendship bond when I have kids, just like these two mothers have. I want to be their friend SO bad. I honestly feel like we would all get along so well over a few glasses of red wine and some silly gossip stories. 

Erin Ewald, Editorial

Lucy Gray Baird From The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Lucy Gray is easily my top pick for my book bestie. I feel like she and I have a lot in common. We are both performers, and we don’t take crap from anyone. She is such a confident girl, and I feel like I could learn a lot from her. She doesn’t like to follow the rules, and she carves her own path. I love that she is willing to do anything to protect the people she loves. I probably wouldn’t try to be her ally in the arena because, let’s face it, she doesn’t do a ton of actual fighting. But once she was back in District 12, I felt like we could put on some fantastic shows with the Covey! 

Corinne Vergari, Social

Lana Myers From the Mindf*uck Series by S.T Abbey

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Lana Myers from The Mindf*ck Series is the epitome of a fierce and independent female lead you’d want by your side. When faced with injustice and tragedy, she doesn’t wait for a hero — she becomes one. After surviving near-death experiences, Lana emerges as a force to be reckoned with, seeking her own justice and taking destiny into her own hands. While her love story with Logan is heartwarming, Lana stands tall on her own, showcasing the true essence of female power and resilience.

Trish G, Editorial

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