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Blinkist’s Top Picks: The Best Friends to Lovers Books

Ready for tales that turn “just friends” into “forever love”? Blinkist is your guide to exploring love in its most surprising form. Dive into our list of the best friends to lovers books and let the adventure begin!
by Chris Allmer | May 1 2024
Our Top Picks: The Best Friends to Lovers Books

Remember that feeling of butterflies erupting in your stomach during middle school lunch? Hoping your best friend might finally see you as more than just a partner-in-crime?

Yes, we are talking about that same delicious tension – the will-they-won’t-they dance that had us glued to the screen with Ross and Rachel in Friends (on a break or not!). 

That’s the heart of the friends-to-lovers trope and we at Blinkist understand your craving for more!

And that’s why we curated a collection of the best friends to lovers books, where best buds blossom into blushing lovers. So, grab your virtual cup of coffee, curl up, and prepare to be swept away by the magic of some heartwarming tales.

The Best Friends to Lovers Books by Blinkist

Normal People by Sally Rooney  

This one’s a rollercoaster of feels. Marianne and Connell navigate the awkwardness of high school and the complexities of college, all while secretly crushing on each other. Get ready for raw emotions, social commentary, and a love story that’ll stay with you long after the last page.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This adorable young adult novel is perfect for a lighthearted escape. Lara Jean’s secret love letters get accidentally mailed out, creating a hilarious situation with her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. 

And as they pretend to date to navigate the fallout, their friendship deepens, blurring the lines between affection and something more. Get ready for a fun, flirty read with a swoon-worthy romance.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This lyrical retelling of the Iliad isn’t your average war story. It’s a beautiful exploration of the powerful bond between Achilles and Patroclus, two warriors whose friendship transcends the battlefield and blossoms into a love story for the ages. Grab your tissues—this one’s a tearjerker in the best way possible.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

This one’s a must-read for fans of young adult angst. Two misfit teenagers, Eleanor and Park, find solace in their shared love of music and forge a deep connection. Rowell’s signature wit and relatable characters will have you cheering them on as their friendship blossoms into a beautiful, supportive love.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This fantasy series is all about Feyre, a badass huntress who gets entangled with a powerful faerie lord named Rhysand. They start with major tension, but forced proximity leads to a slow burn that’ll have you rooting for them all the way. Think “Beauty and the Beast” with a whole lot more spice.

But what happens when the last page turns, and you’re left thirsting for more of that intoxicating mix of danger, passion, and enchantment? We’ve got something for you. A list of 20 books like ACOTAR, where you can check out more epic journeys, heart-wrenching love stories, and fantastic worlds.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath, the protagonist of this coming-of-age story, is navigating the complexities of new relationships in college. But there’s a hidden gem waiting to be unearthed: the potential for a pre-existing friendship with her roommate, Regan, to develop into something more. 

This is a sweet and realistic portrayal of navigating friendships and the possibility of love blooming in unexpected places.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A timeless classic for a reason! Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s witty banter and social obstacles are legendary. As they overcome misunderstandings and societal pressures, their respect, and attraction blossom into a delightful love story that proves that sometimes first impressions are fundamentally wrong.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Step into a world of wonder with this enchanting novel. Celia and Marco, two young illusionists, are pitted against each other in a magical competition. Despite the rivalry, a powerful connection develops between them.  

The story beautifully captures the evolution of their dynamic, from competitors to something deeper and more mysterious. Think secret codes, captivating performances, and a love story that unfolds like a breathtaking magic trick.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

This beloved coming-of-age story isn’t just about the March sisters’ adventures. It also beautifully portrays the complexities of love and friendship. While Jo March might be busy chasing literary dreams, you’ll get to witness the blossoming relationships between the sisters and their childhood friends.

Are you looking for more stories that celebrate the strength and diversity of women? Then check out our collection of The Best 100 Women’s Stories Books.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne’s relationship is a complex one, forged in the fires of survival. Their friendship provides a beacon of hope amidst the horrors of the Games, and the unspoken tension between them adds another layer of intrigue to the story.

And if you love stories where two characters start off not liking – maybe even hating – each other, but then end up falling in love, we’ve got something for you. Check out our article “Hearts at War: Discover the Best Enemies to Lovers Books.” It’s packed with tales where characters go from butting heads to heartfelt connection.

When Friends Become Lovers with Blinkist

At Blinkist, we’re unabashed suckers for romantic stories that explore the beautiful complexity of evolving from friends to lovers. Our carefully curated collection not only showcases the best friends-to-lovers books, but also dives into the heart of what makes each story unique and unforgettable.

And for those who prefer a bit more of tension, check out our article on “Hearts at War” – where enemies become lovers, but with a deliciously slow burn.

But this is just the beginning! At Blinkist, we believe in the power of stories to transport you, to make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. That’s why we offer a free 7-day trial, granting you access to insightful summaries of all the wonderful books featured here.

Plus, with over 7,500 other top titles across genres, Blinkist is your gateway to a literary universe waiting to be explored. So, whether you crave a thrilling fantasy adventure or captivating historical fiction, we have something for everyone.

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