Friends see you through everything, the crushes, the family problems, the school drama, but finding one to trust doesn't just happen. It takes time.
In The Scar Boys, Harry Jones is disfigured from a childhood accident, so making friends is often a challenge for him. But what eventually helps him out is music and starting a band. Each chapter starts with a song title connecting the reader to music they can explore, and the authentic friendships and drama that comes with being in a band makes a road trip tour the perfect setting for becoming independent.
Girls Like Us takes a look at a friendship between two women who recently graduated from their special education program and live independently in a new apartment together. If you enjoy watching friendships and trust form through heartbreaking secrets and stories, this one has your name written all over it.
Reading about people in all different kinds of situations is important, so Say What You Will is a great pick because it focuses on a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although fiction, it shines a light on teens whose disorders take a back seat to the relationships they have with each other and how family and friends can both hold you back and push you forward.
Having friends is great, but the magic of making friends is sometimes even better.