WARNING: Basic "who gets with whom" spoilers throughout.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE the storyline of longtime best friends falling in love. I just read two books this week that fit into this category: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski and Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern. So adorable! And the childhood friends/neighbor boys in Lola & the Boy Next Door or Endless Summer? So dreamy!
But, truly, where are the non-swoony, long-term boy friends? Nowhere. Let’s review the evidence:
Bella & Jacob (Twilight)? Disgusting. But that happened. Proof of my theory.
Violet & Jay (The Body Finder)? V & J, sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G…
Clary & Simon (The Mortal Instruments)? He wished.
Katniss & Peeta (The Hunger Games)? Got it on in a cave.
Katniss & Gale (Also The Hunger Games)? MEANINGFUL GLANCES.
Percy & Annabeth (Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief)? They were in denial about this from the get-go.
Ron & Hermione (Harry Potter)? Life-threatening situations are prime breeding grounds for romance.
Hermione & Harry (Also Harry Potter)? HAHA you fangirls wish. But they sort of implied it, at least in the movies, no?
Anna & Matt (Twenty Boy Summer)? CAKE FIGHT! Okay, so that didn’t end well, but it was still adorable in flashbacks.
Belly & Conrad (The Summer I Turned Pretty)? COUCH SCENE FOR THE WIN!
Belly & Jeremiah (Also The Summer I Turned Pretty)? Ugh. But yeah, that happened too.
Eddie & Milo (Fall for Anything)? He’s supportive, but it’s killing him to watch her drift away from him. Oh, the emo pain. I love it.
I could go on. It's cute, but still odd, no? I can’t think of any examples of platonic guy-girl friendship being portrayed unless the guy is dating one of the girl’s best female friends or if one of them is gay.
Help me out here, people: Can you think of any examples that were 100% platonic? It’s driving me crazy!
PS: Thank you to my Twitter friends who gave me a lot of recommendations of "best friends fall in love"-type books to pass on:
White Cat by Holly Black
Becoming by Raine Thomas
Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Overdue by Richie Cusick
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery