Galentines and Bromances

Valentines season doesn't click with everyone. Maybe you're between relationships, have suffered a breakup, or just aren't into the whole lovey-dovey, materialistic holiday. If you're trying to avoid all the romance getting thrown in your face, we have some great books that eschew romantic relationships for friendship.

Her'es just a sampling of great teen books that focus on or feature great friendships.  Some may dabble a bit in romance (it's hard to find a teen book that doesn't), but romantic love is not front-and-center here.  Read more to see what friendship books we're showcasing and stop by the Teen Center to find similar titles!


Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Finley, an quiet boy and the only white player on his varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American transfer student, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences. 


I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.


If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base. But it's 1975 in upstate New York, and there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites. Can their friendship survive the conflcit and pressure?


Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems. 


Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
While living very different lives on opposite coasts, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth and eighteen-year-old Lauren become acquainted by email the summer before they begin rooming together as freshmen at UC-Berkeley.

Run by Kody Keplinger
Bo Dickinson is a seventeen-year-old from a bad family, but she is also over-protected, legally blind, Agnes Atwood's best friend-- so when Bo calls in the middle of the night, desperate to get out of town, Agnes helps her to steal the Atwoods' car and the two girls go on the run, even though Agnes is not sure exactly what they are running from.


The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss - all told as a very unique college admission essay.


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The son of a preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.


Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Gigi and her two best friends assume their academic prowess will bring them everything they could want in college. But when they find an older smartypants sister's yearbook devoid of any interesting or meaningful signatures, they start to wonder if they're missing out on avoiding popularity. So that's their new mission: infiltrate the popular crowd and make a reputation for themselves. Nothing could go wrong, right?

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
When the sleazy reality television show "For Art's Sake" takes over Ethan's arts academy with its catchphrases, staged drama, and obnoxious hosts, he and his friends use their artistic and literary talents towards an artsy plan to take the show down.

Librarian Tips:

1. Click on the article's title to place a hold on the book with your library card!

2. If you're already in the library, these books are on display on top of the Teen Center bookshelves.

3. The catalog says books on "Display" are unavailable: but as long as it says "Display" or "Available" it is in the library for you to borrow.

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