Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Favorite Womances

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
No, womance isn't a Princess Bride reference. It's actually super important and something that's not as prevalent in YA as it should be. So what is it?
Everyone knows what a bromance is, and a womance is just that, but you know, with ladies.

While I love a good romance, bromance, and boy/girl friendship, I'd love to see more womances in YA. There's too much girl-on-girl hate, you know girls who purposely don't have any girl friends, or proudly proclaim that they're "not like other girls."

Tea Time with Epic Reads talked all about womances yesterday and encouraged bloggers to make posts featuring their favorite ones. (Side note: If you don't watch Tea Time, you should amend that immediately.) So here are some of the "femships" I love!

 from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone
*mild spoilers ahead* In Days of Blood and Starlight, Zuzana risks her life for Karou. And Karou sacrifices her own happiness for Zuzana's safety. They also have a deep bond that comes from their trust of each other, which is just awesome.

from the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
They don't always like each other and they have their disagreements, but these girls have each other's backs. And the bond they have from the Realms runs deep.

from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Whether it's helping their friend with boy problems or stopping crime spy-style, the Gallagher Girls are there for one another, no matter what.

Audrey and Victoria from Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Victoria has Audrey makes lists when she goes through a breakup. She comes over ridiculously early in the morning when Audrey needs her. And they are always brutally honest with each other. Is that the mark of best friendship? I think so. 

from the Eve series by Anna Carey
Initially Eve and Arden don't get along, but they learn to love each other. The best part of their friendship is that they have such different personalities and are still close friends. Celebrating differences for the win!

from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
These friends grow up together and sometimes grow apart, but they always manage to find their way back. 

from Also Known As by Robin Benway
Roux, as I said in my review, is a dynamic character. She's deeply flawed, but just as she accepts Maggie's crazy spy life, Maggie accepts Roux. After all, what are friends for?

from Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The best part about the friendship between this pretty large cast is that they learn to look beyond each other's appearances and stereotypes to really get to know each other. 

from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Angela isn't always the easiest person to deal with and Kami seems crazy to most people (even though she isn't). Still, these two girls are best friends no matter what.

So, what are you favorite womances/femships? 


  1. Ooo, we love this "womance" idea! CODE NAME VERITY has one of the best ones of all-time.

    1. I haven't read CODE NAME VERITY, but I've heard really great things.

  2. Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn, Claudia, Stacey, Mallory, Jessi from The Baby-sitters Club.

    1. I somehow missed out on the BSC as a kid, but a lot of people seem to love those books. :)

  3. I agree, there needs to be more womances/femships in YA and the girls from The Gallagher Girls, Audrey, Wait!, and Also Known As are some of my favorites too. I also like Em and Lulu from Meg Cabot's Airhead series and the 3 girls in How to Be Bad by e. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle. :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. Oh, definitely! Love the Airhead series and How to be Bad. HTBB especially has one of the best womances.

  4. Fantastic! We definitely need more attention and appreciation for the female friendship. Too often the romance takes the attention.

    1. "Too often the romance takes the attention." <- Exactly! Nearly all of these books have romances, but the romance doesn't detract from the friendship.


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