1. Monica- The one with your favorite perfectionist.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs is, I think, the most perfectionistic person on the planet, which is why he was horrible to work for but managed to create some of the world’s most innovative and beautiful technology.
2. Chandler- The one with your favorite comedic relief character.
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Jamie is obviously the Chandler of the book – awkward, endearing, and witty. Even when the story gets darker, Jamie always lightens the tension with a well-timed joke (whether he meant it as a joke or not).
3. Phoebe- The one with your favorite quirky character.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Noah is so artistic and introspective that everything he thinks is incredibly quirky. And like Phoebe, his quirkiness makes him endearing because he really means every weird thing he says.
4. Joey- The one that you wish to be a movie.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg Cinderella story set amidst a space war between Earth and the Moon? I cannot scream “Make this a movie aleady!” loudly enough.
5. Rachel & Ross- The one with your OTP.
The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
I could easily go with Katniss and Peeta here, but the romantic leads in The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia (to name them would spoil important plot points) have made me literally shove a blanket in my mouth to keep from screaming in joy. They are SO PERFECT.
6. NYC- The one that takes place in a big city.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Paris is as much a character in this book as Anna or Etienne. I was a weirdo who never had much interest in France until reading this book, and now I’m dying to walk the streets of the City of Lights.
7. Central Perk- The one with you favorite designated hang-out spot.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell transforms the school bus from an annoying transportation necessity to the setting of a beautiful slow-burning romance. Now that takes talent.
8. Smelly Cat- The one with your favorite outcast.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle is a loner because he thinks deeply and cautiously. He absolutely stole my heart!
9. The Friends- The one with your favorite friend group.
The Raven Boys (and sequels) by Maggie Stiefvater
I love a lot of books featuring friend groups, but the Raven Cycle is the only one that describes them like this, so it wins:
“You can be just friends with people, you know,” Orla said. “I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.”
Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”
10. YOUR Friends- The one where you tag your friends!