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!
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.
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.
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
By Nicola Yoon
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"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
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
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.
The history of Dalloway School lives in the bones it was built on. Five violent deaths in the first ten years of its existence. Sometimes you can still smell the blood on the...
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
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...
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.
By Chelsea Mueller
Prom weekend at the beach turns deadly in thisunputdownable thriller.
A KILLER AFTERPARTY . . .
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 the most amazing party house—and it’s all theirs. Prom...
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
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...
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
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...