Straightening Her Crown: Best Female Friendships in Heartwarming Books

Here are six powerful book titles that explode with female friendships! Read on for some the greatest platonic relationships sure to warm you through.

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There is absolutely nothing better than your gal pals. You turn to your girlfriends when you need a shoulder to cry on or when you need a good old-fashioned hype-up! When I say female friendship, you immediately think of your girlies because they are your support system. There is so much thankfulness for our female friendships; our girlies are vital for any day of the week, and you can find these friendships all over.

There is so much fantastic representation of these friendships in media, like the strong relationship of the Barden Bellas from Pitch Perfect. But some of the best representations of powerful friendships are found in our beloved books. If you want to dive into the world of female friendships, here are some breathtaking books that will welcome you with open arms like any gal pal would!

The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney

Are you the complete opposite of your best gal pal? Do you ever wonder how you two became inseparable when one of you is a fighter and the other is a lover? The Saving Graces might be the perfect book for you. Follow Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel, the four best friends of ten years who are the complete opposite of one another.

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All four best friends struggle with relationships, jobs, family, and everything life throws at them. But there is one thing that keeps their sanity, and that is their unbeatable friendships. Life can be extremely tricky sometimes, but friends are there forever.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

If you have not read this iconic book yet, this MUST be your next read. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’s entire symbolism revolves around the power of female friendship. The book follows a group of girlfriends and their first summer separation. Though the girls are sad to go their separate ways, they discover a pair of pants that mysteriously fit every one of their different sizes.

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The girls decide to keep in touch, take turns sharing the pants throughout the summer, and bring their adventures to one another through the powerful pants. I highly recommend this book specifically to the girlies who miss their long-distance bestie. This book will melt your heart and help you remember the importance of your girlfriends, even if they are not down the street anymore.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Before I go into Lara and Chris’s fantastic friendship in this book, I want to point out that this specific title does not revolve around their relationship. This book follows the life of Lara Jean and her up-and-down love life after love letters to all the boys she has had feelings for get sent out.

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Though the book has a very romantic core and may not focus solely on her and Chris, her best friend, their friendship has stood out as one of the best gal pal friendships in romance books. Chris is so ride or die for Lara Jean and is willing to do all she can to support her best friend. Their friendship is so unbeatable, and their little moments are worth everything. This is the perfect choice if you are looking for that strong female duo but are also a big fan of romance.

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

True friends are those who stay in your life from the very beginning, and in Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, you will see the power of female friendship blossom, even when it is time to say goodbye. Delia and Josie love their friendship more than anything, especially when they host their featured show Midnight Matinee together at the local TV station. But these two besties will soon have to face the reality that senior year is coming to an end. What will happen to the two’s long-lasting friendship if one has to move cross country? 

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This book is incredibly powerful because of the realistic dynamic between best friends Delia and Josie. Their friendship is portrayed as substantial and genuine, and it is a fantastic book to pick up when you are looking for that best friend feeling.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Don’t forget the tissues for this one; the classic Little Women is one of the best female friendship books of all time. Why is this? The pure sister bonding you witness as a reader is so relatable and heartwarming. Follow the four March sisters and their dynamics of growing up together and from afar.

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I have two older sisters, and when I was growing up, we had the same dynamic as the March sisters. We fought over silly things and had our ups and downs. But one day, they were no longer my sisters but my closest friends. Nobody will understand you like a sister will because they are, in reality, a different version of you. They grew up with the same family dog, the small ticks your mother has, and the same clothes you are wearing right now. Little Women captures those tiny sister moments so vividly, and you will feel those significant moments touch your heart in the best way possible.

This One Summer  by Mariko Tamaki

Growing up is a very difficult point in time that every person must face, but friendships can make it possible. This One Summer is the perfect read for those who feel lost in the final stages of childhood and need a little help from their closest gal pal. Rose returns every summer to Awago Beach with her parents for some relaxation and time away. But the best part? Rose gets to see her best friend, Windy!

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But this summer is like no other, and when Rose’s family begins to fall apart, she and Windy distract themselves with more chaos from the town. Though this summer may be a turning point for Rose, at least she has her best friend, Windy, to help her through her hard times.

These are a few of many incredibly powerful books that realistically capture the beauty of female friendships. If you want to pick up a book for you and your best gal pal, try one of these fantastic titles! Or, if you have your own female-friendship book favorite, let us know what it is! There can never be enough books that highlight the importance of our gal’s pals!

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