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Just Friends, Right? A Top Ten List

Stand By Me

Dead bodies. Solidifying friendships since 1982.

I had the best of intentions to challenge myself this week, but when I started thinking about my favorite books that feature friendships (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), the first books that came to mind were all by Stephen King. Who am I to go against instinct? I did manage to limit it to four.

10. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Because nothing brings people together like a dead person.

09. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. Or an alien invasion. That can do it to.

08. A Man Came Out of the Door in the Mountain by Adrienne Harun. Or when the devil seemingly walks among us.

07. The Body by Stephen King*. See reasoning for #10.

06. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler. Friendship, one of the perks of small town living. That, and you can’t pull any shit.

05. IT by Stephen King. Clowns can do it too, they’re terrifying. And everyone knows that terror is better shared, right? Oh, and a dead body.

04. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. A war binds people in a way they can’t escape. Little Onion and John Brown are quite the pair.

03. Fridays at Enrico’s by Don Carpenter. Writers being friends with other writers while talking about writing. Shocking, I know.

02. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Books, friendship, and growing up.

01. The Green Mile by Stephen King. Death row is intense. Though seriously, this is a lovely story.

What are your favorite books about friendship? I’ll be honest, strong friendships are not a hallmark of the literature I typically read.

*I feel like The Body/Stand by Me has been on every other list as of late, but I can’t help it, I love it so. Fabulous ’80s movie + excellent novella = excessive promotion. My apologies.

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