So the topic of “womances” (horrible word obviously, but the female equivalent to the bromance) has popped up on a few book blogs recently. YA examples are few and far between, but I do have a few suggestions!
One great example is The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress. Three different girls all with varying strengths, attitudes and priorities who develop into an amazing team - together. And they have slumberparties, which is also awesome. There is some romance, but the important relationships are between the girls. The tagline for the book on GoodReads: An action-packed tale of guys, gowns, and guns - and the heroines who use them all. And even more bonus points: there is actual diversity among the main characters! Obviously highly recommended.
There are a few books about characters building relationships in a new environment that at least sometimes feature the female friendships. Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan has two newly-discovered sisters learning to get along; Suzy Cox’s Dead Girls Detective Agency does admittedly have a Dead Boy as well, but the Girls play a large role in acclimatizing their new recruit; Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill, Jane Hodson features a trio in the Old West where the two girls bond with each other as well as a boy; Sophronia in Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger finds some camaraderie among her new schoolmates but more importantly befriends one particular young girl who is not a classmate.
Finally, another book with incredible diversity and basically an extended sleepover (that most essential building block of girl friendships): Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I’d include my favourite quote, but fortunately-unfortunately someone has the library copy signed out from my branch! Anyway, it is basically the womance primer. Love it so much.
Don’t disregard the classics in this regard though - L M Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) writes amazing female friendships who often co-star in the main character’s adventures. Anne and Diana are well-known, but there’s also Emily and Ilse, Pat and Bets, and the friends Anne develops later in her life during her time at college and as a newly married wife and mother.
This is such an interesting topic for discussion. Head over to "The Importance of Womance" over at Pub(lishing) Crawl for the initial post that kicked off the conversation, and then check out "What are your favourite womances" at Epic Reads and "Where’s the womance in YA" at the Em Reads YA Book blog. Do you have any favourite YA (or juvenile fiction) female friendships to add to my list? And someone must be able to come up with a better name than womance. Any suggestions?