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23 Comforting Books About Losing A Best Friend

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Losing A Best Friend. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

This book is about the most traumatic breakup of all – that of childhood best friends. It is about the exploration of friendship and how friends sometimes grow apart and sometimes friend break-ups happen. book is not a story told in a traditional way. It does not unfold in regular linear time.

What did I do wrong? by Liz Pryor

This product was recommended by Smriti Tuteja from Yogic-Experience

While everyone understands and tries to offer a shoulder when you break up with a significant other, no one really cares when you are mourning the loss of a girl best friend. It is shocking how casually people label women’s friendships as being driven by motive or all women as bitchy and opportunistic. A lot of us invest our emotions into another woman because those long gossip calls mean a lot more than mushy texts from a boyfriend. A lot of us feel shattered by being jilted by the woman best friend. Being ghosted is all the more devastating. This book contains real-life narratives from women who were once in such a situation. It is a book that offers a shoulder to cry when you miss your girl best friend, a book that doesn’t judge or label and definitely doesn’t dismiss your feelings by saying “Move On”.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

This product was recommended by Kim from Mom Of Kids

The loss of a friendship can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Whether a friendship is lost because of disagreement, distance, or something harder like illness, The Invisible String helps kids to know that even during times of separation and loneliness they are loved and connected. The author has found a delicate way to help children understand the unbreakable bonds of love and help them to find strength during difficult times.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Following her mother’s death at the age of 22, Cheryl Strayed made the rashest choice of her life when she chose to trek the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State by herself. Wild vividly conveys the terrors and delights of one young lady pressing forth against all obstacles on a trip that maddened, strengthened, and finally healed her. It is told with suspense and flair, glittering with love and humour. Wild is a dramatic storey of a young lady who pushes herself against all obstacles on a voyage of self-discovery.

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Reading Gabrielle Union’s essay collection feels like having a series of intimate chats with your bestie, so it can help fill that vacuum if you’re trying to connect with people in the aftermath of a friend split.

The Friend Who Got Away by Jenny Offill

This product was recommended by Sally Stevens from FastPeopleSearch

Excellent book of true stories of friendships and the loss of friendship by a number of different authors. Very interesting and informative. An excellent read, especially for those who have lost friends through breakups and one through death. All about the ups and downs of having friends and losing friends and how others cope with this particular loss, which is seldom spoken about. The writing was insightful, and it helped me a lot when I had a friendship breakup.

Squire and Daniel by Raw Spoon

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This is a beautiful little story. Reading it, I was reminded of the loss of friends over the years. This book is a great comfort and illustration of how to move on from loss and appropriate for all ages.

Faraway Friends by Russ Cox

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This book motivates children to channel loneliness and boredom with creativity and imagination, and ultimately it is a story of a new friendship. Captioning vibrant illustrations by debut author and illustrator Russ Cox, this action-packed story is sure to appeal to young readers in search of something that is out of this world!

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away is a reflective, ultimately powerful treatment of a familiar childhood occurrence. Medina explains that when writing for children, ‘less is more; she wished to invite readers ‘into the experience and let it speak for itself.’

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

This book consists of a sweet, cute story about Emily, who has lost her friend named Sloane in the summers. This book got 4.6 ratings on amazon and was loved worldwide by many people.

Sula by Toni Morrison

This product was recommended by Danielle Edenworth from Healthyland

Sula is one of those novels that you can read over and over again and yet feel content. The novel is about friendships. One of the novel’s most interesting focuses is women being women and not conforming to society’s standards or expectations. Sula will not disappoint if you enjoy a book with hidden messages.

Best Friends Forever by Irene S. Levine

This product was recommended by Brain Lee from Drill & Driver

This book emphasizes the suggestions and reasons why friendship falls apart, why the friendships can’t be fixed once they get disturbed, coping with getting dumped, is there someone to blame? Etc. Everyone should read this book if they want to get over the breakup with their best friends. It stresses the methods and ways to handle the friendship ending with your best and trustworthy friends.

When Friendship Hurts by Jan Yager Ph.D.

This product was recommended by David Adler from The Travel Secret

The majority of us have had friendships that have gone bad at some point in our life. Whether it is for a misunderstanding, rejection, or betrayal. When we failed a friendship it can make life feel more depressed, miserable, and threatening. For anyone who finds themselves in that situation can now prevent or have a piece of advice on how to solve the problem once and for all by reading books that give you an understanding of losing a best friend.

I Lost My BFF by Jennifer Licate

This product was recommended by Jennifer Licate from Stories By Jennifer

I Lost my BFF has received the Counselor’s Choice Award (distinguishing quality healing tools and books in the field of mental health and behavioral health). In this quick-read chapter book geared toward upper elementary and middle school students, children learn how jealousy and rejection can present within friendships, how friendships change over time and the qualities of a good friend. Sophia and Camila have been the best of friends for a long time. They do EVERYTHING together. So, imagine Sophia’s surprise when Camila starts spending more time with Christabel, and it’s interfering with Sophia’s time with her best friend. All of this change is hard, and Sophia finds herself wondering if she did something wrong…did she lose her BFF?

Grieving the Death of a Friend by Harold Ivan Smith

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

Losing your best friend to an accident or illness is one of the most overlooked grief experienced in our society today. This book by Harold Ivan Smith gives the reader practical guidance on dealing with grief. Through his tone and themes, the author offers you a guide that helps you move with the natural grief instead of against it by exploring the many aspects of distress such as friendship, death, burial, mourning, memories, and reconciliation. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of their best friend.

Losing Your Best Friend by Frosty Woolridge

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This book written by Frosty Woolridge is special to me since it helped me overcome losing my childhood friend after moving to a new place.. The book deals with the emotional struggles we all go through after losing touch with our friends. It answers all the questions you ask yourself, such as why it happens and what to do when dealing with conflicts. The author digs deep and displays an in-depth meaning to friendship. Regardless of your age or situation, you will find the book interesting, motivational and touching. Therefore, adding this powerful book to your shelf can help you overcome your friendship issues.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

The author of this book, Megan Devine, brings forth the idea that there’s nothing wrong with grief. According to her, grief is love in its most painful and imperfect form, which is a natural and sane reaction to loss. If you are grieving the loss of your best friend, I would recommend this masterpiece to you. It answers why spiritual wisdom is hard on people in grief, the myths regarding suffering, and gives practical guidance for handling emotional stress.

I Lost My Best Friend Today by Judy H Wright

This product was recommended by Michelle Devani from lovedevani

A best friend does not always have to be a human; in many cases, a best friend can be a pet. This book can help you find solutions to relieve your pain. It makes you feel like you’re not alone.

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

This product was recommended by Renee Alexis from Draw Paint Color

This book is light and fun. It was told through Suzy’s perspective, a twelve-year-old girl who is having trouble processing her grief, as she traverses through her middle-grade life as someone who is seen to be out of place. It’s a wonderful book that opens your eyes to how grief can manifest differently in each person.

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This book plays a vital role in the grief recovering process. It helps the readers on how to cope up with the loss of a loved one. The content gives you a soothing experience and serves as a heal for the unexpected losses of your dear ones in the life journey. It also helps you navigate difficult days like the birthday of your lost friends, important dates with memorable events. This book also serves as self-exploration and discloses the myths of building the mind again after the loss.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This product was recommended by Sam Lockwood from 52Editions

A magnificent and obsessive tale about Classics, murder, and a scholarly and generally affluent pal group. The murder, which is revealed on page one, will be the least of the drama. The narrative follows the unravelling of a sometimes cultish group friendship tie, which can break your heart numerous times over due to multiple, overlapping bonds.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This product was recommended by Gilian Manassee from Jill on journey

This story about the nine-year-old Oskar is heart-warming yet heartbreaking all at once. After having lost his best friend – his dad – on September 11th, this young boy finds a key in his closet and sets out on a search leading him all over New York. He meets strangers, makes new friends, and tries to become closer to his lost dad. It’s a touching tale of loss and new friendships, of curiosity and tragedy. It will leave you laughing and crying.

Goodbye, Friend by Gary Kowalski

This product was recommended by Cassie Kralicek from Happy Cat Central

Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet is a must-read for anyone that has lost their animal best friend. Gary Kowalski helps readers not only process their grief, but also better understand and accept it. Goodbye, Friend provides ways to commemorate and celebrate your best friend’s passing so that pet owner’s can feel a sense of closure. The book also includes readings and poems that can be used to honor and remember fallen friends.

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