It may be different for each person to fall in love, but love stories tend to use the same things. Books about falling in love with your best friend have been written many times before. Even though we’ve read these stories many times before, it doesn’t stop us from reading them again. So, why? It’s a story we can all understand.
A childhood friend from down the street was a boy I had a crush on when I was a teen. When I was younger, he was the first person I really kissed, the first boy I went on a real date with, and even the person I lost my virginity to. It didn’t work out in the end, but I still remember it fondly because it was with one of my best friends. When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s like living a fairy tale.
Despite the fact that best friends make the best partners because they know you better than anyone else, share everything with each other, and like to do the same things, making a BFF into a BF or GF comes with its own set of problems. The love between best friends is unique. In what case does it not work out? Suppose your best friend doesn’t agree with you. Having a perfect romance and a chance for trouble is what makes reading about them so fun.
It’s hard to find a better romantic partner than your best friend, so here are 11 books about falling in love with your best friend.
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Somebody to Talk About” is a Bonnie Raitt song that you might know. For Cecelia Ahern’s book, Love, Rosie, it should be the theme song. The book is about two friends who everyone else thinks are meant to be together, but they don’t seem to know what their perfect match is. It takes them a long time to decide to give their relationship a chance. A big move and a surprise pregnancy, one with a man who isn’t Alex, throw a wrench into their happy ending. Their story doesn’t stop there.
Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
Parker and Ben met in college. Even though they became close, they always stayed just friends. That is, until six years later, when the two people who live together as friends try out a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Lauren Layne’s Blurred Lines is a sweet and sexy book about the deep connection and chemistry between friends. It tries to figure out what happens when friendships cross the line and become more than just friendships.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
When Ron and Hermione first started dating, it was a big deal. Even J.K. Rowling said she wished she hadn’t put them together. It took seven books and a lot of near-death experiences for Hermione to show her love for Ron with a kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Potterheads all over the world fell in love with the scene.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in her popular Summer series. It takes the idea of best friends falling in love and turns it into a love triangle, making it even more interesting. Belly loves summer because that is when all of the magic happens, and that is why she likes it so much. However, this summer is different. She has known the boys who have looked up to her since she was a child for a long time. They’re growing up and so are they, and so is she. For a summer read about growing up and making hard decisions, The Summer I Turned Pretty is the book for you.
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Is it hard to find out you’re in love with your best friend? Add the ability to sense dead bodies on top of that. Young Violet, who can sense dead bodies and imprint on their killers, wants to use her unique ability for good. She convinces her best friend, Jay, to help her out, and he agrees to help. Because Jay is protective of Violet as they search for the serial killer who has been killing people in their town, Violet starts to think that Jay isn’t being a good friend. Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder is a new twist on the “friends-in-love” trope. It includes science fiction, murder, mystery, and a love story, all of which make for a thrilling and romantic read.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
When Anna is forced to go to Paris for boarding school, the only thing that makes her feel better is Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy she meets who would be perfect for her — if only he were single. They become very close friends, but could they become more in Paris, a city full of love? Anna and the French Kiss is a story about young love, new adventures, and waiting for the right time.
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Everyone says that boys and girls can’t be friends because they get attracted to each other all the time. Macallan and Levi don’t let that stop them from being best friends. Macallan might not be able to get a boyfriend because of their closeness. Levi’s relationship might also be in danger. These two friends wonder if they are meant to be together.
Emma by Jane Austen
It was a skill that Jane Austen used to write heartwarming love stories, like this one about two longtime friends slowly, and after a few failed relationships, realizing that they like each other. When it comes to best friends becoming ideal partners, Emma and Mr. Knightly are the best I’ve seen.
Crazy For You by Jennifer Cruise
As soon as Quinn decides she doesn’t want to live a “beige” life anymore, she leaves her boyfriend and old way of life behind to start an affair with her ex-brother in law. Things get even more complicated for Quinn when her ex tries to get back together with her. Quinn is torn between her best friend, who has become a steamy lover, and her old flame. She gets caught up in a steamy love story.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
After Alice learns that she’s dying, she decides to do everything on her bucket list: good, bad, and ugly. She asks her best friend, Harvey, to help her out, and he does. That’s the only thing. Harvey is in love with Alice, and she knows it because he is so excited about her. Then when Alice finds out she’s in remission, she must go back and fix all of her mistakes, especially the ones she did to her best friend, who has always been there.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
They had to fight darkness, monsters, and pure evil in three books. Even though there were so many dark things around them, Mal and Alina still found time to fall in love. After all, saving the world together is the best way to turn best friends into lovers faster.