It’s World Friendship Day today, so I can’t think of any better time to look back on some of the best friendships I’ve seen in YA fiction.
It’s not exactly a secret that the friendships you make in your teenage years can be among the most influential in your life. You’re growing as a person and finding out who you are, so having a bunch of people around you who are also making the same discovery can be a huge weight off.
June is always a pretty good month for me when it comes to books, because June is my birthday month. I like to treat myself a little to some titles I’ve been looking forward to with a while. It’s also a time for me to sit and try to put together a reading list for the rest of the year. One I know I will never stick to, of course.
Challenge criteria: A book with a time of day in the title.
January 1982: In the village of Kilmitten, the Crossan family are holding their annual party during the biggest snowstorm Ireland has seen in decades. By the end of the night, the parish priest, Father Leo Galvin, is dead.
The lives of four teenagers – Tom, Conor, Tess and Nina – who had been drinking beer and smoking in a shed at the back of the house, will never be the same. But one of them carries a secret from that night that he has never shared.
Challenge criteria: A book by a favourite author
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Challenge criteria: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?