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Novels About Friendship

Books About Fictional Friends

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Looking for a great read? Or just a gift idea for a special friend? Consider these ten top novels about friendship. Each takes readers on a journey between people trying to bond, get along, understand each other, and meet new people. The variety is sure to help you find something of interest.

Circle of Friends

Friendship as only Maeve Binchy can write it! The story centers of Benny and Eve, two outcast girls who cling to their friendship growing up and learn about real life as they meet Nan and Jack. There is love, betrayal, and a story that will pull at your heart and make you remember it always.
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The Help

The Help not only showed us what friendships and prejudice were like in the 60s, it gave us a glimpse into how changing times also forced these friendships to change. Some friends embraced change, while other friendships came to an end.

Skeeter, the friend who embraced change, was frozen out of her friend group, but like many friendships that end when things change, she was better off for it. Skeeter moved to a new city, chased her dreams of becoming an author, and inspired other people in the process.

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Friendship Bread

Friendship Bread
Ballantine Books

Friendship Bread centers around three women who become unlikely friends. One women was new to the area, one was grieving the loss of a child, and another became a sort-of mentor and friend. It's a wonderful story about female friendship, and how people you didn't think you had anything in common with can become near and dear to your heart.

Friendship Bread was also the 2012 winner for Best Fiction Book About Friendship as voted on by Friendship.About.com readers.

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The Jane Austen Book Club

This delightful read is about five women who come together for a monthly book club to discuss Jane Austen's books. In reality, however, they're learning more about each other and offering support for things like failed marriages, affairs, and friends who are falling in love but can't admit it to themselves.

One charming aspect of the book is the difference in ages and circumstances, and yet how each is able to relate to the other. This book offers the gentle message that your friends don't have to be just like you in order for a friendship to happen.

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Gone to Green

If you have a friend that has moved to a new city, this book by Judy Christie might be the perfect one for her. It's about someone who moves temporarily to a new town for business only to find herself unexpectedly making friends.

The friends she encounters are probably not people she would have normally initiated a new friendship with, which makes the story all the more satisfying. It's also a great slice of small town Southern life.

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With Friends Like These

With Friends Like These
Ballantine Books
If you've ever had friends that grew apart and in wildly different directions when you got older, you'll appreciate With Friends Like These. The book chronicles four different women, and how some of them become better friends than others over the years. Some friends act lovely and sweet, and some have their moments. Just like all of your own friends, right?
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The Secret Life of Bees

This book is also (like The Help) set in the 60s, but with a much different story line and feel. The friendship connection described here is unique and personal, as young Lily decides that after the woman who has been like a mother to her(Rosaleen) insults certain racist townspeople, the only choice they have to feel safe is to leave. The story is part adventure and shows off the closeness of Lily and Rosaleen beautifully. It's another book that showcases how special a mentor relationship can be.

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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott's depiction of the four March sisters is a classic that highlights the beauty of friendship within and surrounding a family. The four sisters are as different as they can be in personality, but they help each other grow and become the best possible people they can be. Their bond also helps them get through the toughest of times in life and love.
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The Joy Luck Club

So often books about friendship deal with mothers and daughters who teach each other what good friends are really all about. This book centers around the friendships of the mothers in the group and how they move on when one of them dies. Their daughters are also learning about friendship by their example, and by figuring out their unique path in the world. This book is sentimental and sweet, and can be given to a lifelong friend, mentor, or even your mom.
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Talk Before Sleep

If you have a friend that has or is currently struggling with cancer, this charming book may help you both understand each other a little bit better. Elizabeth Berg does a wonderful job of characterization, so you can get inside the world and emotions of each friend.
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