I think friendship is an excellent building block to a relationship, but in having your character fall in love with a best friend, an author really needs to up their game in order to make our hearts beat faster. There may not be as much initial attraction and falling for each other like with other stories, but I find the friend falling for friend story so much more romantic.
These two characters already know so much about each other, they're already familiar with each other's flaws and annoying habits. They were there when all the embarassing and awkward things happened, and yet they love each other anyway. Maybe even especially. All I can say is AWWW. And also, I'm really glad that things worked out OK between ME and MY best friend!
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting - When I think 'falling in love your best friend' I immediately think of Jay and Violet from The Body Finder! There's something just really appealing about these two characters, especially when they are together. Sure, Violet has a strange and sometimes horrifying 'gift' of finding dead bodies, but she's got her family there for her, and of course, her best friend to get her through it!
Fracture by Megan Miranda - I think the thing that I love the best about Fracture by Megan Miranda (and I do love many things about the book!) is the friendship between Decker and Delaney. My heart absolutely broke and tears flooded out of me when I heard what Decker did in order to drag Delaney out of that lake. That kind of loyalty and friendship and the extreme lengths Decker goes to STILL impresses me. I very much want a friend like Decker in my life. Especially if like Delaney, I end up meeting some rather creepy folk like Troy Varga and end up with an unusual ability to sense when a person will die.
Rockoholic by CJ Skuse - Oh man, Rockoholic is filled with some crazy-wonderful characters! There's Jody's grandfather, Cree the most adorable little girl ever, Jody herself of course. And Mac, lovely Mac who patiently puts up with Jody's crazy ideas and obsessions. Who helps Jody out in tough situations - like when she accidentally kidnaps a world-famous rockstar - and tries to fix things. And even when Jody seems absolutely oblivious to Mac's feelings, he is still there. Oh, I do love Mac and Jody!
Shug by Jenny Han - This is the book I was reading when I first realised my love for best friend love stories. Because at the start of this book, Shug has fallen for her best friend HARD. And I can completely remember being that age, going through the awkward tween years and having that mad, all-consuming crush on somebody who has no clue! And with Shug, everything felt so completely spot-on. But sometimes, it isn't the best friend who ends up with our hearts, is it?
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers - This book isn't primarily a love story at all, and perhaps the falling in love with your best friend isn't a huge element to the book, but I still loved it. Our main character really needs her best friend, especially as Eddie's father has just committed suicide and she really needs to find out the answers to all of her questions. And even when her quest for answers leads Eddie towards a most awful and slightly creepy photography student, her best friend Milo is STILL THERE.
Do you have any favourite falling in love with your best friend stories?