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7 Gal Pal Lit Picks


While some chose to celebrate Valentine's Day this past week, others favored something called Galentine's Day. A creation of the wonderful character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler), during the second season of Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day celebrates female friendships instead or romantic love.

To stay in the Galentine's Day spirit, here are seven book recommendations that focus on friendship between gal pals. So, grab your bestie and some tissues as you prepare to laugh, cry, and remember just what makes a bestie so wonderful!


Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

No celebration of female friendship would be complete without the quintessiential series celebrating besties! During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures, and affects their attitudes toward each of their different summer experiences.


Code Name Verity

2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

A Tale of Two Besties

3. A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel by Sophia Rivka Rossi

In ultra-cool Los Angeles, can two freshman girls remain best friends despite a tidal wave ofhigh school drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?

Maybe One Day

4. 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.


Under a Painted Sky

5. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.

Just as Long as We're Together

6. Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume

Stephanie's relationship with her best friend, Rachel, changes during her first year in junior high as she tries to conceal a family problem and meets a new girl from California.


Someone Like You

7. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship. Also the inspiration for the movie How to Deal starring Mandy Moore. 



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