Whether you’re painting your nails, sweating to death in spin class or bingewatching Stranger Things together, your best girlfriend has your back. Hopefully, she also doesn’t stab you in your back — but, hey, we can’t all be perfect, right? And neither can literary girlfriends. At the end of the day we all want that special friend to gossip with over a bottle of wine and tell our deepest, darkest secrets to.
Check out these literary girlfriends who we think are just the best… well, the ones who are the best at being the worst (Who are we kidding, we’d still go out on double dates with them).
Gossip Girl: The Complete Collection by Cecily von Ziegesar (Poppy, 2003)
I remember my parents dropping me off at my aunt’s house on the Cape during my summer vacation and checking out every Gossip Girl book the Harwich Library had on its shelves. Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen’s fabulous friendship on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was nothing short of glamorous. They would do anything for each other, meaning they typically stole each other’s boyfriends (in addition to the spotlight). It’s every girl’s dream type of friendship (wink)! Regardless, these two are best friends who can love AND hate each other, but at the end of the day their notorious Manhattan friendship is easy for readers to love.
L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (HarperCollins, 2009)
With The Hills celebrating its 10-year anniversary this summer, what’s a better way to praise Lauren and Heidi’s infamous friendship than diving into these reality TV-show inspired books. This series is a carbon copy of the show many of us grew up emulating thanks to the cast’s partying ways and hoping we never had to deal with as much drama as they did. Girl next door, Jane Roberts, moves to La La Land for what she thinks is just an internship, and convinces her best friend Scarlett to follow her lead. Before these two innocent girls know it, they are being followed around by cameras for their own reality show. But will fame and scripted TV get in the way of their once rock-solid friendship?
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (St. Martin’s Press, 2010)
Is your best friend getting married this year? Are you the maid of honor? Well, if you haven’t read Something Borrowed or seen the film featuring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson, you are officially missing out on a true love-hate friendship. Rachel and Darcy have been friends since elementary school but everything changes on Rachel’s 30th birthday when she breaks the cardinal rule of friendship. How do you tell your self-obsessed best friend you’ve been in love with her soon-to-be husband without completely demolishing their wedding and your friendship? Ooof! This book is the perfect end-of-summer read, especially if you’re going to a Labor Day weekend wedding.