This Riot Recommendation asking for your favorite young adult friendships is sponsored by Nimbus Publishing, bringing you The Goodbye Girls.
The students at Lizzie’s high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations—they’re dumping each other via text. Inspired by the breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school’s band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized breakup baskets. The Goodbye Girls operate secretly, and business is booming. It’s not long before someone starts sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?
Being a young adult is hard when everyone expects you to behave like an adult but still treats you like a child. Plus a million other reasons. Enter good friends to save the day! Or at least offer an ear, laugh, distraction, and adventure idea. So we asked you to tell us your favorite young adult friendships and here they are:
Mila and Riley in Undead Girl Gang
Zoe and Digby in Stephanie Tromly’s Trouble series
Alex and Rishi in Labyrinth Lost
Zelie and Amara in Children of Blood and Bon
Xiomara and Caridad in The Poet X
Moss’s entire friend group in Anger is a Gift
Anne and Diana & Emily and Ilse of L.M. Montgomery works
The girls in Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel
The feminist trio in UKYA Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Quinn and Hana in Wild Blue Wonder
Jess and Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia
Nina and Inej from Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom!
R.J. Palacio’s Auggie and Summer and Jack Will in Wonder
Beverly Cleary’s Beatrice and Henry
The girls in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Tiffany, Erin, KJ, MacKenzie in Paper Girls