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!
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.
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!)
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. . . .
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.
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.
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!
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.