So it means to have become a trend in YA where the best friends, generally, SUCK. Whether it's back-stabbing, or betrayal, or suddenly ignoring them just because they can do some crazy ass things, where have all the good people gone? Here are some examples of bad best friends that seriously need to step up their game:
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
UM -- alright, Anna's best friend completely and absolutely sucked. I don't care how far away Anna moved, there are some things you do not do because they are AGAINST THE GIRL CODE. Which doesn't exist, because rule one of the girl code is not to talk about the girl code ;)
2. Sanna from Dark Parties by Sara Grant
If you saw my review, you know I do not like this girl at all. Seriously, one of the worst best friends ever. She would be willing to forgive her boyfriend for something he STARTED but was completely unwilling to forgive her best friend as if she was some harlot. If you're gonna not forgive someone, don't forgive either of them! But don't pick the boy over your best friend since kindergarten when it was something HE instigated. Unbelievable.
3. Zenn from Possession by Elana Johnson
You suck. NO, seriously, Zenn sucks. He's one of those types who does things "for the main character's own good" even if it's something the heroine doesn't want AT ALL. None of your business, don't butt your head into things! I just wanted to strangle him by the end.
4. Lorriane from Vixen by Jillian Larkin
Again, snotty little jealous best friend who will do anything to raise her social standing, even if it means crushing her best friend in the process. She's hysterical and crazy and deserved what she got!
5. Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Not gonna lie...never really liked her. I feel like she thought Rose's entire life revolved around her and when Rose started getting her own life and her own problems, she became super bratty and stupid and Rose had to pull her out of trouble again and again.
And then, to balance out the negativity of this post, some AWESOME best friends in books!
1. Hanna from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
She really is a catalyst for everything that happens inside Delirium, which I appreciated. Usually, the adventure never begins because of something the best friend does that spills over into the MC's life, so it was a nice change! Plus, she genuinely cared about Lena and was super supportive of everything she did.
2. Puck from The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
No matter how much he hated Meghan for the things she did or the mistakes she made, he never fails to bring her off her feet and help her, which is something I really admire about him!
3. Jenna from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie makes some complicated decisions but Jenna sticks it out with her! She even moves with the girl to figure out everything that's going on! She never fails to put a smile on Sophie's face when she's going through a hard time and even when they get into a fight, they eventually put aside their arguments and forgive each other! Which is really what friendship is.
4. Kate from Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Super funny, awesome, and the type of girl you would want to be friends with! I love how she teases Ellie about Will and is not in any way magical, just a normal girl that gives her non-magical support!
5. Hale from Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Best friend, Love Interest, Sweet Guy. What's not to like? He helps Kat out in all their missions, and frequently provides comedic relief. His easy-going manner is a perfect match for how high-strung Kat can be sometimes, and they balance each other out not only romantically, but in friendship as well!
And there we go!