C.S. Lewis wrote “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
Life without a friend would indeed still be life, but such a sad one that it would barely count as life at all. Of course, some friendships are fairly mundane, comprising of a simple birthday text or a sporadic coffee date. Others, however, change lives. You know I’m not exaggerating; I expect a certain person comes to mind if you reflect on those times when you felt alone or suffered a crisis and someone you loved made all the difference.
Books are full of characters who have important relationships that impact their narratives, from a spouse to a sister to an evil stepmother, but some of the most memorable and moving are the relationships with a chosen friend who is an irreplaceable part of their very personhood. A bond like this, something intangible but immensely powerful, often steals the literary show and remains on the reader’s mind long after they’ve forgotten the intricacies of plot details.
Female-driven novels are becoming increasingly common, thankfully, and not just because they involve a love story with a handsome Prince Charming. The following all feature women whose lives are forever altered due to compelling and vivid friendships, the heart and soul of their lives — and these pages.