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Best Friends

(Real Friends #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  139 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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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
Truebluedah ♪
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! ;)

See it on my blog:
(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)
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.
How do I put this delicately?

If you don't like Shannon Hale, you're wrong.
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
Barred Owl Books
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book Review

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.

When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Ev
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!
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!
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this. So much.
This was so perfect and accurate that it was almost painful to read. Anxiety! Friendship drama! Middle School !
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
Anoush Emrazian
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this in advance of gifting it to a young friend and I'm glad I did because I'm not sure it's quite appropriate for her age. I'm going to let her parents decide.

As a continuation of Hale's memoir (started in Real Friends), we see young Shannon in 6th grade. It's a lot more fun to be the oldest in the school and it's fun to watch as things go well for Shannon.

I loved seeing Young Shannon writing and learning how to craft a story and I really loved seeing how a writer starts.

She also addres
Lily Williams
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Real Friends is one of my all-time favorite books and when I picked up my copy of Best Friends, I knew it would be like returning into something sweet, painfully honest, and a reflection of how I felt so much of the time at the same age. Yet, it exceeded all of my hopes and dreams. If I could, I would give it 10 stars. This book shattered my heart and remade it, all while digging up and honoring so many feelings I had buried long ago. Thank you to Hale and Pham for creating yet another masterpie ...more
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
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dear Shannon,

I would have been your best friend in sixth grade, because I, too, wanted to be imaginative and fun and not some Stepford Wife-in-training whose only concerns were boys and what was "in."

To all of you who were or are those fun, imaginative sixth graders: I hear you. I see you. This book hears you. This book sees you.
Never surrender or apologize for who you are.
Never give up.
Enjoyed the literary side story and the strong emphasis on creativity. A lot of the drama (and time skips) felt choppy, with the former seeming a bit familiar, but overall I’m sure this graphic novel will resonate with its target audience.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Friendships are complicated. :-)
Gretchen Alice
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best Friends once again strikes that balance of being compelling and useful and funny all at once. (Did not make me miss sixth grade, though!)
Courtney Lynn Werk
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED your real friends and I REALLY want to read best friends😁 i think you are a great book maker
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is really a 3.5 stars from me! "Best Friends" picks up where "Real Friends" left off. Shannon is going into 6th grade, and things are still just as confusing as ever! Shannon is still dealing with anxiety, now developing into some OCD behavior, taking her anxiety to a new level. She's also dealing with crushes, understanding her relationships with boys, and trying to write her own story.

There were some things I loved about this book, and others were a bit of a letdown for me. I have to be h
Gabrielle Stoller
I picked up this book because I know how popular it is going to be. I can see all of the charter school kids wanting to put it on hold. This will be in large part because it is a graphic novel and those are extremely popular with today's kids. However, there are messages in this book that everyone can relate to.

I remember my teenage years. I didn't know what to think or do. You didn't fully understand the rules of friendship. You did things you wished you hadn't all in the name of friendship. Sh
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whenever a sequel to a book I absolutely loved is announced I have a combination of two emotions: excitement and fear. Then I go on to ponder these two questions:

What path do the creators plan to take with this book?

Will I LOVE this book as much as it's predecessor?

Well, it's safe to report that I did enjoy this book, but not as much as Real Friends. I think in a way that's almost unfair to this book. If I happened to come across this book first for instance and then read Real Friends after d
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This follow-up to "Real Friends" hit on so many things girls experience in 6th grade. I wish this book had been around when I was 11, because I would have related so much. I love the way that Hale looks at friendship, both making the "right" friends and keeping ones you're not even sure are the best for you. There's also a great part where Shannon deals with growing apart from a childhood friend, which she presented as both heartbreaking and a common reality that all tweens will experience.

Becky B
Shannon Hale continues her autobiographical graphic novel story she started in Real Friends. This book covers her 6th grade year, navigating the minefield of relationships with friends and boys, learning the ups and downs of popularity, and sharing how anxiety affected her at this age.

I love that Shannon is writing these books and being vulnerable enough to share her stories. She puts in writing what so very many kids are wondering but rarely share out loud. It is refreshing to have these questi
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This graphic memoir isn't as gripping as Real Friends, but it still excels at addressing common friendship woes for young girls. In this book, sixth-grade Shannon struggles to make sense of new social codes, weathers changes in her friend group, develops more as a writer, deals with boy issues, and continues to suffer from anxiety and some OCD symptoms. Because this book revolves around common emotional and experiential issues for girls, it is less likely to resonate with male readers, but its t ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*happy sigh* I LOVED this book. Shannon Hale's writing & LeUyen Pham's illustrations perfectly capture what it feels like to be a middle school girl. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I loved seeing how Shannon navigated all her friendships and how they weren't so cut and dry. Isn't that just how it is in life? Also, her exploration of what it means to like a boy was spot on. Do you like a boy or like like him? And is that okay? Her inclusion of anxiety in the novel was so very, ve ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many great things to take away from this -
I liked the "navigating a mine field" image that showed up a couple of times to illustrate trying to understand friends, boys, school, and life in general in 6th grade.
Being weird is OK; being popular is OK - though it is important to understand that if you are looked upon as being in the popular group, that means someone else is most likely feeling excluded.
Anxiety exists. OCD exists. It's OK to talk about them and get help.
The things that teachers
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon has started 6th grade and the most popular girl in school is Shannon's best friend Jen. That means Shannon is popular by association, which is wonderful. But navigating friendships in 6th grade is like playing a game where the rules are always changing. Is it OK to like-like boys, and which boys? What TV shows and bands are ok, and which do only nerds like? Her friends are growing up, and things are changing. Shannon hasn't changed, but she may need to to keep her friends.

Picking up rig
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another quasi-biographical graphic novel by Shannon Hale, and it picks up pretty much right where "Just Friends" left off. Shannon is in middle school and enjoying an elevated social status as friends of the most popular girl in school. Mean girl behavior still abides, with Shannon's friends setting her up to say incriminating things about other friends. Shannon's good nature prevents an ugly situation, but leaves her feeling uncomfortable. This was a chapter sample, and what I read was ...more
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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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