Perfect Books for a BFF Book Swap

July 30 is a very special day: it’s the International Day of Friendship! A day to celebrate all your friends, near and far. What better way to celebrate than sharing a favorite book with your BFF? Maybe you and your friend(s) could do a book exchange, in which you each pick a book to swap and discuss. In case you need some BFF book-spiration, check out our roundup of the perfect book selections for a best friend book exchange!

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Does your bestie have a hunger for social justice? Then Dear Martin is the ideal pick for your book exchange. It’s sure to inspire a fruitful discussion after reading!

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone

"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

"A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give<...

Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney

You need not have a crush on your BFF to both enjoy this great YA novel by Katie Heaney. Girlfriends Quinn and Jamie break up. But since they were best friends before they dated, Quinn finds herself not only missing Jamie her girlfriend but Jamie her friend, too.

Girl Crushed

Girl Crushed

By Katie Heaney

Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it--heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

Enter a new crush: Rub...

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Perhaps your BFF loves to read the latest, hottest books as soon as they come out! If that’s the case, then you should definitely give them Instructions for Dancing in your exchange. This hotly anticipated, instant bestseller from Nicola Yoon will be all anyone’s talking about all summer. (Just be sure to give your bestie some tissues when you hand over the book—this one’s a tearjerker!)

Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing

By Nicola Yoon


"A charming, wholehearted love story that's sure to make readers swoon."—Entertainment Weekly

"Nicola Yoon writes from the heart in this beautiful love story."—Good Morning America

“It’s like an emotional gut punch—so beautiful and also heart-wrenching."—US Weekly

In this romantic page-turner fro...

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Maybe your bestie can’t get enough of suspense, witchcraft, and twisty thrillers. If that’s the case, A Lesson in Vengeance is the perfect novel for your book swap. But first make sure your BFF doesn’t scare easily. . . .

A Lesson in Vengeance

A Lesson in Vengeance

By Victoria Lee

A dark, twisty thriller about a centuries-old, ivy-covered boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past. The dangerous romance and atmospheric setting makes it a perfect read for fans of dark academia.

Felicity Morrow is back at the Dalloway School. Perched in the Catskill Mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. No...

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

If your best friend loves contemporary YA books and is the kind of person who misses learning when school is out, you might want to gift them Off the Record for the swap. This engaging book follows Josie, a seventeen-year-old journalist who stumbles across a #MeToo story too explosive to keep quiet.

Off the Record

Off the Record

By Camryn Garrett

The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she's equal par...

Prom House by Chelsea Mueller

For the BFF who can’t get enough of slasher films, no matter how scary they are, Prom House it is! This terrifying, fast-paced YA novel will have your bestie reading well into the night—because it’s too scary to put down before figuring out whodunit.

Prom House

Prom House

By Chelsea Mueller

It's the season to scream . . . Prom turns deadly in this unputdownable thriller for fans of Halloween Kills and Fear Street.


When Kylie walks into the gorgeous beach house, it’s a dream come true. She still can’t believe she talked her parents into letting her spend the weekend down the shore with her boyfriend, Liam, after prom. Kylie, Liam, and their friends have rented...

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

If you and your BFF love trading romance stories and gushing over all the swoon-worthy moments, look no further than Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance. When romance is in the title, you know you’re in for a treat!

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

By Nisha Sharma

To All the Boys I Loved Before meets World of Dance in this delectable love story that combines food, dance, and a hint of drama to cook up the perfect romance.

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest kathak dancers in the world . . . until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now she has left her Chicago home behind to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At t...

Stranger Things: Rebel Robin by A. R. Capetta

Is your BFF a big Netflix fan? Pick up this official Stranger Things novel featuring everyone’s favorite season 3 breakout star, Robin. This story’s got it all: Robin’s trademark sarcasm, a coming-of-age story, and of course, the 1980s setting that makes Stranger Things such a nostalgic treat.

Stranger Things: Rebel Robin

Stranger Things: Rebel Robin

By A. R. Capetta

High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite character, Robin, played by Maya Hawke!

It's the beginning of sophomore year, and Robin's Odd Squad friends have decided: this time, they're going to fit in. They couple up, they won't stop talking about college and their future careers, and they're obsessed with trying to act "normal." Rob...

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