Real Friends and Best Friends | Book Reviews

Real Friends and Best Friends is the book series middle graders have been waiting for! Relatable stories for anyone who has experienced middle grade. A must read series! – Momma Braga

Real Friends

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. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Best Friends

Follow your heart. Find your people.

Sixth grade is supposed to be perfect. Shannon’s got a sure spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader, Jen, the most popular girl in school.

But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and who she’s allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules, anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them?


Real Friends and Best Friends are great books for middle graders and my soon-to-be seven year-old is loving them! Both books encompass the journeys we all face on friendships especially in middle school. As women we will giggle as we can relate to the social agonies of girlhood stories that we may have encountered ourselves in.

Both graphic novels were delightful to read and we love this style! Nikki loves reading both books as it makes reading much more fun for her.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give both books 10 stars out of 5! Storylines are entertaining, captivating, humors and relatable. The illustrations are vibrant and truly bring the story to life. Both books are best sellers on our list. 🙂

To purchase Real Friends, click here and to purchase Best Friends, click here.

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books, including fantasy novels The Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days, science fiction novel Dangerous, Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy, graphic novel memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends (with LeUyen Pham), and romantic comedy Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell). She lives in Utah with her husband and frequent collaborator Dean Hale, their four remarkable children, and two ridiculous cats named Misty Knight and Mike Hat.

About the Illustrator

LEUYEN PHAM worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There, and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Ms. Pham lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that copies of the books were provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are our own.

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