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Real Friends by Shannon Hale (Author), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

“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.”

This book centers around the friendship of Shannon and Adrienne, who have been best friends ever since they were little. I think that Shannon Hale does a wonderful job depicting the ups and downs of friendship and family relationships. You really get a flavor for how complicated friendship for pre-teen girls can be and I must say that it brought me right back there in a very visceral way (I am also reading the Babysitter Club graphic novels with my daughter and those are really sweet and they are also about friendship). Since I have read both recently, I feel like Real Friends really digs deep into the nuances and the feelings both big and small that this girl experiences. Her sister is sometimes depicted as a giant angry bear and she has elaborate fantasies. It’s just a way deeper dive into how alone and lonely a girl can feel, even one with a posse of friends.

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