Top 5 books featuring teenage friendships

Paper Avalanche author Lisa Williamson recommends the best stories addressing those peculiarly intense friendships experienced in your teenage years

The Body by Stephen King

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 – Jesus, did you?” As a teenager, I was obsessed with the 1986 film Stand By Me and its depiction of the loyalty and intensity that makes adolescent friendships so special. The novella on which it is based adds extra meat to the timeless story.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This World War 2 drama unravels the intense and ultimately tragic friendship between pilot Maddie and Queenie, a spy who is caught by the Gestapo while undercover in enemy territory. Utterly gripping.

Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais

When Mireille, Hakima and Astrid are awarded the bronze, silver and gold ‘trotters’ for being the ‘ugliest’ girls in the school, they unite and embark on an unforgettable road trip to Paris. The misfit friendship they develop along the way is a joy to witness.


If you pay for the magazine you should always take it. Vendors are working for a hand up, not a handout.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Thanks to a rare form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, Maddy is confined to the four walls of house with only her mother for company. Until Olly moves next door and the two begin to communicate by email. A compelling, tender depiction of the transition between friendship and romance.  

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

Barnard is a master at capturing the complexities and contradictions of teenage friendships. This follow-up to her 2016 hit Beautiful Broken Things explores friendships old and new as care leaver Suzanne adapts to adult life.

Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson is out now (David Fickling, £7.99)