We’ve discussed bromances before but let’s discuss our favorite ensemble friend groups!
My blog is a year old today! It’s been a year since I started reviewing in English, and I almost can’t believe it. It feels like less and more time has passed at the same time.
Six of Crows
I feel like Six of Crows will be in most people’s posts this week, but I don’t care. The six main characters of this book are the best ensemble cast I’ve ever read, with entertaining dynamics within the group – including friendships, romances and sometimes a bit of rivalry – and no character that is less developed than the others. Everyone has a character arc, everyone is there for a reason, this book is amazing.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Do you want to read about a diverse group of teenagers who find each other and kind of have a “found family” dynamic in a creepy Irish small town where magic may or may not be happening? Read Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle! Three characters out of five are queer in this group (two bisexual girls and a lesbian). There are both a f/f and a m/f romance and they’re really sweet but what made this book for me were the friendships (girls supporting other girls!) and the atmosphere (this is one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read, if you like this sort of thing you don’t want to miss this).
The “let’s kidnap an heiress and infiltrate the rich” squad from Cindy Pon’s Want is awesome and underrated. Zhou was one of my favorite male main characters from 2017, but while we read mostly in his PoV, the side characters are just as memorable – especially hacker Lingyi and her acrobat girlfriend Iris (the next book will be in Lingyi’s PoV! We get a main f/f couple!)
The main reason I liked Red Sister by Mark Lawrence were the friendships. This book is set in a convent in which girls train to become assassin nuns, and I loved seeing how they became friends with each other – so many friendships here started as rivalries. Nona, the main character, may be a liar and a murderer, but is very loyal and her friends are what she values the most.
The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle is a very well-known series, and I think the main reason it is so popular are the characters and their friendships. For a YA series that started in 2012, it doesn’t have a lot of romance, but the platonic relationships are really developed and what stood out to me the most – apart from the atmosphere and weird plant magic, that’s always going to be my favorite thing about this. Blue and the Raven Boys are one of the best ensemble cast I know.
What are your favorite friend groups?