Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is Platonic Relationships in Books! This is a little difficult, as I enjoy a thread of romance in my books. Some of these relationships are between main characters, but most of them are between a main character and a side character.
There’s two platonic relationships in Darius the Great is Not Okay that I found really interesting – the one between Darius and Sohrab, that the book spends most of its time exploring, and the one between Darius and his father, which affects everything in the book.
Nils and Mare in Of Fire and Stars are heartbreaking.
The girls in Girls of Paper and Fire form a sisterhood of sorts, but the friendship between Lei-zhi and her maid, Lill, is super cute. I loved this book, and my review will be up soon!
The friendships in What If It’s Us are SUCH an important part of the book, and they’re so important to the characters. There’s another tight-knit group of friends in Queens of Geek, though two of them wind up pairing off so it’s not entirely platonic. Another small group of friends forms the heart of Goodbye, Paris, and they help the main character heal from the major blow she’s dealt.
The other two books in my read-but-not-reviewed-yet stack also have fantastic platonic relationships in them. In Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, one of my favorite relationships was between the main character and her male best friend. And the main character in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is asexual and possibly aromantic – all of her relationships are platonic, and it’s great to see that kind of representation in young adult historical fiction! And of course, there’s her relationship with her brother Monty, from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. The two siblings are just amazing.