The best books about unlikely friendships

The Books I Picked & Why

Because You'll Never Meet Me

By Leah Thomas

Book cover of Because You'll Never Meet Me

Why this book?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a YA novel that takes quirky friendships to a different level. Ollie is allergic to electricity and Moritz suffers from a rare heart condition. He was also born without eyes. Because of their medical issues, Ollie and Moritz can never meet. Ollie’s mom and doctor urge him to befriend someone like him and he and Moritz become long-distance pen pals. Their friendship is brought to life through the heartfelt letters they write to each other. There’s also a dark secret about their past and where they came from. 


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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

By Jerry Schilling, Chuck Crisafulli

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Why this book?

Me and a Guy Named Elvis is a book I couldn’t put down. My sister and I took a road trip to Graceland years ago and ever since we’ve been a bit fascinated by Elvis. Jerry is a regular guy who happens to meet Elvis right before he becomes a star. Jerry is several years younger, but that doesn’t matter. What ensues is a decades-long friendship that takes Jerry on many adventures -- some out of this world and some heartbreaking. It’s an inside look at Elvis the superstar as well as Elvis the “regular guy.”


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The One Thing

By Marci Lyn Curtis

Book cover of The One Thing

Why this book?

This YA novel is a page-turner about an unlikely friendship that sounds crazy but just works. Teenage Maggie is blind until the day she suddenly starts seeing Ben, a ten-year-old boy. Ben is the only person she can see and over time they develop a strong bond. I love this book because I’ve had friendships with people who are 5, 10, and 15 years older than me. I’m a firm believer that two people don’t necessarily have to be the same age to share a special connection and this book delivers on that idea.


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Crenshaw

By Katherine Applegate

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Why this book?

I normally avoid reading books with an element of fantasy, but I loved this one by Katherine Applegate. Jackson has an imaginary friend named Crenshaw who is a giant cat. He hasn’t seen Crenshaw in a while but one day Crenshaw reappears to help him through a difficult time. Even though I knew Crenshaw wasn’t real, Applegate’s writing makes him come alive. This book will make you believe in magic and the power of friendship.


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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

By John Grogan

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Why this book?

I love dogs so I’m probably biased, but Marley & Me is a life-affirming story about John and his unruly dog Marley. Since I’ve had dogs who are smart but don’t necessarily listen all the time, I could relate to this book. Marley wreaks havoc on John’s life but also brings his family joy and unconditional love. John and Marley’s story will make you laugh, and probably cry but in a happy way. 


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