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Best Friends

(Real Friends #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  6,608 ratings  ·  694 reviews
Sequel to Shannon Hale's award-winning graphic novel memoir, "Real Friends", this new graphic memoir picks up where "Real Friends" left off. As Shannon grows a little older, the rules of friendship always seem to be changing, leaving her guessing and trying her best to just keep up. "Best Friends" shares its predecessor's frankness, compassion, and enthralling, heartfelt v ...more
Published August 27th 2019
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
F***KKKK wait, this is a children's book. i probably shouldn't swear. FOOOOOOORRRRRRRK THIS WAS SO GOOD! REView to come!!


Oh my GOSH OH my GOSH! I'm crying because I'M SO EXCITED

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Cristina Monica
It was lovely to keep reading about Shannon Hale’s childhood, even if she didn’t always have a good time being surrounded by people she thought were her real friends. I liked her honesty—how she honestly admitted she wanted to be popular and fit in and lied about things to please others.

To be honest, I didn’t connect quite as much as I think other people could because I’ve never cared about being popular in real life. Like Shannon, I was able to spot the popular girls or cliques, and even joine
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I didn't realize this book was the second to the series until I started to read it but it's okay to read as a stand-alone. I like the main character, Shannon because she appeared humble and nice. This book has some great advices about friendship. I liked how Shannon felt bad for gossiping and being mean. She's a good role model when she stood up for herself by confronting Jenny of stealing her job. And she did it only after she thought it through. Shannon was good with earning money for her youn ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tweens and young teens

Best Friends isn't as strong as the first installment, Real Friends, but it's still emotional and will be relatable to many. This continues where Real Friends left off: This time Shannon Hale is a sixth-grader and has high hopes that this school year will be much better than the previous. She's still with the same clique of mean girls, though, so upsetting things still happen all the time.

Hale struggled with crippling anxiety and OCD during these years (and maybe even younger),
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kids can be such assholes. I believe every word of this book, and it made me kind of sad and upset. As if Shannon didn't have enough to deal with, having undiagnosed anxiety and OCD, she had to navigate the complete stupidity of friends who "test" you by asking you if you like other kids, and suddenly announcing that you're weird or that they never liked doing the things you used to do together. It's life, it's growing up, it's a big bag of suck. I liked that she ended on a somewhat happier note ...more
How do I put this delicately?

If you don't like Shannon Hale, you're wrong.
While I was indeed looking rather forward to reading Shannon Hale’s 2019 continuation of her 2017 autobiographical graphic novel Real Friends (which I did very much enjoy and appreciate even though I also had some major reading issues with how Shannon’s mother in particular chose to so regularly ignore the physical abuse Shannon was constantly experiencing from her older sister Wendy), I do have to with frustration admit that no, I certainly have not all that much been impressed with and by the ...more
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Edit 9/5/19:
I just read it last night in about an hour or so than stayed up till midnight marking each page with sticky notes for my review. Expect one soon! ;)

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(I promise I’m not trying to get y’all to go on my blog. My post has videos that I’m not able to put in a goodreads review! :D)
Jessica Woodbury
I read BEST FRIENDS right after REAL FRIENDS and I was a little skeptical that it would be as good, but it delivers. While the story is more condensed, once again there's all kinds of different aspects of friendships and the strange unwritten rules of older children. The characters from the previous book are mostly still there, and the dynamics are not all that different, but Shannon herself grows up a lot as she starts to recognize more and more how her place in "the group" is holding her back ...more
3 1/2 stars

Sixth grade is so hard. Your friends form new groups, your body becomes a stranger, your brain chemistry explodes, and everyone starts pairing off in strange pre-dating rituals. This book does a lot to help eleven year olds make sense of it all, and my daughter really appreciated it.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
We all have anxiety about our relationship and friendship .
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wish I could gift the book Best Friends to my younger self. I guess that's what you have little sisters for - to make their childhood a bit more bearable. Sequel to Hale's graphic novel, "Real Friends", Best Friends explores the confusing in-between period of time where you're no longer a kid, aka sixth grade *cue scary sound effect*

Shannon Hale managed to yank out all those suppressed memories from those early school years. Everything covered in Best Friends reminded just how glad I am no
Abby Johnson
So good. This standalone sequel to Real Friends dives in deep to Shannon’s 6th grade year and her struggles with the girls she’s friends with. They’re not always nice, but she’s not always nice either. Is friendship really supposed to feel this way? And what about the bad thoughts that sometimes take over? Does everyone experience those?

This is a great book to explore tween friendships but also it shows Shannon experiencing anxiety and the wats it affects her life. She writes more about it in he
Brenda Lower
Open and frank discussions of friendship, anxiety, and how friendships change. I relate in so many ways to this book!
Oh my gosh, Shannon Hale has captured how hard it is to understand friends in Junior High. I so sympathize with this memoir of her life in sixth grade. I too wrote stories, and couldn't' understand all the rules that my friends had.

She is so right that it is like a game where the rules are constantly changing.

This is a sad book, but so needs to be said. Girls can be mean, without being Mean Girls™

The crushing anxiety must have been so hard, but I'm glad that she came into her self, in this volum
I think that I enjoyed Real Friends better but I did appreciate the topics that were covered in this volume. They would definitely be a great asset to any young person that is starting middle. Hale discusses everything from friendships to dating for the first time. There was also mental health representation. I didn’t like that the graphic novel felt a little all over the place. Sometimes it felt like she was simply jumping from one topic to the next so the story ended up feeling a little jumble ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Lucy (8yo) read this book twice on the evening of its “book birthday” and said it was “SO good.” A really great follow up to the stellar Real Friends. This story has the same themes as the first book, so some of the details are repeated. But the explorations of beginning adolescence are deeper—we see a scene where an adult comments on young Shannon’s body shape and Shannon feels weird about it. The comic format adds clarity and emotion to those weird feelings. There are scenes where Shannon feel ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I swear, Shannon Hale has a great memory because this series rings true to me in so many ways. When I read these, I go back to sixth grade when everything is confusing and you are just trying to survive and "be cool." No one really knows what that means and everyone is pretending to know. I grew up around the same time as Hale and this series takes me back. The awkwardness, the anxiety, the new found joy and discovery of who you's all there. Great recommendation for Raina Telgemeier and ...more
I have no idea why, but I am addicted to the plight of poor little Shannon as she struggles to find a place within her sometimes friends. Ms. Hale nails it... I think so many of us forget what it was like to be a 6th-grade girl amongst all of the turmoil of growing up. The writing reflects such real feeling and the graphics are just wonderful. I can't wait for the next book!

5 Stars

Happy Reading!
Not bad for my 1st read of the year and the 1st giveaway I won on goodreads! Gave me flashbacks to my own memories of being a 5th grader *shivers*.

The storyline is good and I liked that the author incorporated Shannon (MC) wanting to become a writer and her story she worked on, including everyday experiences into her fantasy novel.

Included scenes of: anxiety, being creeped on by grown men, bullying, a teacher assaulting a student -> kids then taken on "field trip" -> a trial for that same teach
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Shannon Hale explains her life as teenager, which is hard. It starts with a nice day in summer vacation, Shannon Hale working in the library. She's going to start sixth grade, a tough grade. I think this book is beautiful, because Shannon Hale gives you the knowledge that you can find your path following your heart and being yourself.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon is right you don’t need boys 👦🏼 for you!! Just be your adventurous self!!
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Readers of Libenson’s “Invisible Emmie” and Hale’s “Real Friends” will flock to the continuation of her making friends/fitting in/finding one’s self graphic novel series. The illustrations are bold and engaging and the plot, although completely predictable, will ring true with predominantly girls in grades 3-6. Librarians and ELA teachers will be thrilled that their students are reading, but will not find many examples of literary elements to use in class or for reinforcing skills in small group ...more
Angela Juline
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's rare a student at my school comes to me with a show of enthusiasm for a book. So when a 5th grade girl said it, "That book...omigosh, it is sooo good," I had to read it. I'm getting a good lesson in how far removed I am from being a kid - I didn't love the book, probably because I'm not reading it as a kid. But, I can't deny it presents some real truths of childhood even for a 48 year old (in fact, I loved all the pop references that I could relate to). I will need to go read Real Friends n ...more
J.T.  Yorke
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Loved the illustrations but the plot was very similar to the first book in the series.

Just like the first book, Shannon struggles with how to stay popular and how to make friends. I would have liked for her to have learned something from the first go-round.
Heather Johnson
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This “sequel” to Hale’s graphic memoir, “Real Friends” is just as amazing as her first book! This time, readers experience Hale navigating 6th grade with Jen, Jenny and Adrienne. As an adult, I drew so many parallels to my own experience as a 6th grader and was struck by the brilliant way Hale addressed anxiety, romantic relationships and gender expectations, and making new friends. I loved this book!
Cheriee Weichel
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
In this book Shannon Hale explores the difference between being part of a popular group, and having real friends. Her grade 6 year is full of near crippling anxiety. Her worries about fitting in get in the way of her just being who she is. She makes some terrible mistakes before she comes to understand that it is ok to follow her own passions.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon. Freaking. Hale! I love you!! I loved this book, its like she was in my 6th grade brain!! This story, like Real Friends was spot on, with the drama, insecurity, and fear that come with growing up. I would recommend this to ALL the kids! A million stars!
This was so perfect and accurate that it was almost painful to read. Anxiety! Friendship drama! Middle School !
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this. So much.
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more

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