Ten Best Non-Romantic Love Stories

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and although I’m not really an anti-valentine, I’m not exactly it’s biggest fan either. Even GeekBoy is a bigger romantic than me, and he’s a mathematician for crying out loud! 😉

I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday Valentine’s-themed freebie to bring you ten of my favourite non-romantic loves in books (in no particular order).

friendship books

1. Cinder and Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

A girl and her android; I love their relationship and I love how they care for one another. Iko, incidentally, rivals any boy-crazy teenager on this planet!


2. Maddie and Verity from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Not enough books are written about fantastic female friendships! Theirs was beautiful, wonderful, tragic.


3. Andi and Truman from Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Even though you never meet Truman, the love between brother and sister seems so BIG.

4. June and her uncle Finn from Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

I know some people find the relationship freaky but I think it’s so wonderful that June had someone who loved and accepted her weirdness.

5. Em and Teo from Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein is so good at this! It was refreshing to read about a boy and a girl who do not at ANY point develop romantic inclinations. They are kind of like brother and sister though, I guess. This book doesn’t break you like CNV does, but it’s still good.

6. Dr Dmitri Erland from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The love he has for his daughter (I’m avoiding spoilers here) and the way he dreams about finding her, and regrets ever letting her go, is so beautiful.

7. Shahrzad and Shiva from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Gosh what is it with relationships in which ONE OF THE PEOPLE IS DEAD?! Anyway. I think it speaks so much of how strong their love for one another was that Shahrzad would volunteer to go to the Caliph.

5fd1e3e9ffba7d317ad6cf1a44851ca88. Sirius and Harry from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Oh man. Oh man oh man. Sirius was just everything Harry needed, after his short life of having no real parental figure.

9. Melanie and Miss Justineau from The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I presume all little girls have at least one crush on a female teacher at some point, and I though it was so well-understood in this book. Adorable really.

10. Marie-Laure and her father from All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The relationship between these two is so gentle, so kind, so patient. The way that he adapted to teach Marie-Laure how to live without sight, in a time where people were not kind to the disabled… oh, it was beautiful. I loved reading about them.

I’m on call today so I’ll only be able to respond to comments (and visit your wonderful TTTs) tomorrow, BUT: tell me, which is your favourite non-romantic love in literature?


  1. Excellent choices this week, especially the first two! 🙂

    Check out my TTT.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you! Wanted to let you know that for some reason I can’t comment on your blog… but you’ve inspired me to check out a Cary Grant film soon!

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    Cinder and Iko is such a good choice! 😀 Fantastic list!

  3. Sirius and Harry! Cinder and Iko! Ahhh, the feels are rushing over me. I absolutely adored how sassy Iko was, it was hilarious to read. And Sirius has always held my heart, although Lupin is my one true love. I can’t believe all the spoilery things that happened to him. #myheartisstilldying

    My TTT.

    Grace @ That Peculiar Fangirl

  4. bftreviews says:

    I love that you had Cinder and Iko. They’re wonderful 🙂 Great idea for a list this week!
    My TTT

  5. Great list & topic! Marie-Laure and her father was one of my favourite aspects of All the Light We Cannot See ❤ Favourite non-romantic love in literature…Off the top of my head, P&P's Jane & Elizabeth, The Shadow of the Wind's Daniel & Fermin, The Graveyard Book's Bod & Mrs. Owens…I'm sure I'm missing a ton other awesome non-romantic relationships that are wonderful xD

    My TTT

  6. Love your choice of topic! I must say best friend relationships aren’t written enough in YA.

  7. Emma says:

    Awww, Cinder and Iko. Definitely agree with that one!

  8. Great choice of topic! I would love to see more YA stories centred around friendship rather than romance!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/top-ten-tuesday-43/

  9. bruacioly says:

    I love Cinder and Iko’s relationship as well! Also Sirius and Harry – yes. I need to read the other books though – especially The Wrath in the Dawn and All the Light We Cannot See are at the top of my TBR.
    Bruna @ Bruna Writes

  10. ChrissiReads says:

    I adore Cinder and Iko. They’re my favourites! ❤ Great choices!

  11. Nihaad says:

    I enjoyed this post, so different for Valentine’s Day and the characters you chose are some of my favourites. Sirius and Harry in particular!

    Nihaad – Read & Seek

  12. Great interpretation of the theme. I loved Code Name Verity. That twist!

  13. etudesque says:

    Ooh, good ones. I still need to read Cinder and can’t wait! Also, I finally got your Christmas card, hahaha. I LOVE IT!

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