Sapphic Recs #5 – Friends to Lovers

Hi everyone! I hope you’re keeping well! Once again it’s a horrible windy and rainy day here in Scotland but we did get a little bit of brightness in the form of Scotland winning the Calcutta cup against England at Twickenham for the first time in over 30 years, which was so exciting to see! But enough about rugby, and back to the books! This week I saw the excellent post made by Jess, “In Defence of Friends-To-Lovers” and I was so inspired to do a Sapphic Recs post all about one of my favourite tropes! I have been very vocal on my blog about how much I’m not a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope that everyone but me seems to love, but I wanted to be even more vocal about some sapphic friends to lovers books that I do love! So, without any further ado, here are the recommendations!

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Sapphic Recs post without a Morgan Lee Miller book involved! All the Worlds Between Us is the first book in a YA/Adult romance duology which follows Quinn Hughes, who is determined to medal at the swimming World Championships after she lost out on a place at the Olympics. Quinn doesn’t have any time for distractions, and that includes Kennedy Reed who moves back into Quinn’s life. The Kennedy Reed who was her best friend and her first kiss. Quinn has to juggle having a new girlfriend, her swimming commitments and her rocky relationship with her twin brother who might also have a crush on Kennedy Reed. I picked this book up on a whim two years ago and fell in love straight away, and its sequel is one of my all-time favourite books. I’m a sucker for childhood best friends to lovers, so this was an absolute joy to read, and if I could recommend you one book (or duology I suppose) from this post, it’d be this one!

Next up is another book that I absolutely adore, and which I already have a review up for which is pretty much just me gushing about how much I love this book! The Truth About Keeping Secrets follows Sydney whose dad, the town’s only psychiatrist, has recently died in a car accident. At his funeral Sydney sees popular girl June Copeland standing at the back and she begins to wonder why she’s there. In the wake of his death, the two girls grow closer but someone isn’t happy about it, and is there more to Sydney’s dad’s death than a simple car accident? If you’re not a huge fan of thrillers like me, then I think you’ll really like this one as it’s light on the thriller aspect and heavier on the contemporary! Savannah Brown has some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing that I’ve ever read and it’s poetic in a way that shows that she also writes poetry, but without going too over the top! The friends to lovers romance in this is super slow burn but just so, so sweet and I absolutely adored it!

This next one is definitely a much more well known sapphic book, but it’s also one that I feel a lot of people haven’t picked up due to its age. Despite it having been released in the 1980s it is still one of the sweetest sapphic contemporary novels I have ever read that made me gush with happiness the whole time reading it! Annie on My Mind follows Liza who one day sees a girl singing in an empty wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the two become quick friends. Slowly they start to become more than friends and Liza begins to realise how sweet, and how terrifying, falling in love can be! There is a reason that so many people still pick up and love this book almost 40 years since its publication, and having read it for the first time in 2021, I can wholeheartedly recommend this one!

This next book is, admittedly, one I haven’t got round to reading yet, but is one I’m absolutely dying to read! When We Were Magic follows Alexis, who has always been able to count on her best friends, the complicated yet loving relationship they have with each other, and their shared magical abilities. However, on prom night, some accidental magic ends up with a boy dead, so Alexis and her friends come together to try to right this awful wrong. When their first attempt fails and leaves even more consequences, they must all learn to deal with their part in the events that have befallen them. I love books with magical groups of friends (see my love for These Witches Don’t Burn and Scapegracers!) so this sounds right up my street. Plus it has slow burn best friends to lovers and mutual pining which are two of my favourite tropes ever!!

Next up is a book that was one of my runners up for my top 10 books of 2020 – Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna Marie McLemore! Miss Meteor ollows Lita, who has always dreamed of entering, and winning, the annual Miss Meteor beauty pageant, where fat brown girls like her are never meant to win. But when Lita’s chances of entering grow slimmer and slimmer, she enlists the help of her ex-best friend, Chicky, and her three older sisters to achieve this dream before it’s too late! I have a full review of this one up on my blog already but this has one of my favourite found families (that made me cry!) and not one, but two friends to lovers romances that are both to die for!

This is another one that I haven’t read yet, but I do own the e-book and I’m really excited to read it over the summer! We Go Together follows Kat who, just before college, goes through a really rough breakup and the loss of a friendship. Kat goes back to her ‘summer home’ and sees the familiar faces of her childhood friends, including Tristan. Tristan wants to make this summer the best one yet, and so creates a list of all the things they wanted to do but didn’t to complete with Kat – this is going to be a summer to remember! This one was recommended to me again by Hsinju (they really do give great recommendations!) and I have really high expectations for it! Although it does feature an m/f romance the main character is bisexual and the love interest is a trans guy!

Six Angry Girls follows two teens, Raina and Millie – Raina has just been dumped by her boyfriend after he cheated on her and, thanks to an advice column, has decided to take up knitting; and Millie was the drive behind her school’s Mock Trial team until the all-male team (including Raina’s ex) decides to vote her out, despite all her hard work. So, the two of them decide to start their own Mock Trial team, made up of six very angry girls! The plot of this book is so original and so much fun and I loved the representation throughout! It features a really adorable sapphic relationship where one of the characters is ace and I loved it! There is some cissexist language in this book to watch out for which I’ve discussed more in my review!

Mary, Everything is a super fun and super unique historical fantasy with lesbian flappers, and if that hasn’t already sold you on the book then hopefully these next few sentences will! Mary, Everything opens in 2004, and follows Courtney who is spending her Summer working in her university’s dusty archives. While out on her lunchbreak one day, she bumps into Sadie – who feels slightly out of place and is dressed in a seriously cool vintage outfit – and the two become quick friends. As Courtney’s work continues, she finds an old yearbook, dating from the 1920s, and she can’t help but think some of those faces are strangely familiar. As a psychopathic stalker starts zoning in on Courtney, and her life becomes more and more endangered, Courtney teams up with a sorceress who fought in WW1, a retired professor and two girls who claim to be her best friend and her true love, to try and make it back to where she truly belongs. This one not only features the sweetest and most wholesome friends to lovers romance but also a sapphic love triangle!!! Where both ‘relationships’ are friends to lovers!! Amazing!! If you want to know more, check out my review!

I could be here all day with these recommendations, but I’m going to end the post with a 2020 release that I absolutely loved! Music From Another World begins with two teenage girls – one who’s desperately trying to find her identity and another who is desperately trying to hide hers. Tammy and Sharon both grew up in strict, claustrophobic Christian backgrounds in the 70s and haven’t really had much freedom while doing so. One Summer, they get paired together as pen pals for a school project and their friendship blossoms from there. In Orange County, Tammy is trying to hide the fact that she is a lesbian from her family and her friends while both struggling to meet the expectations of her parents and having to participate in the homophobic protests organised by her extended family. Meanwhile, in San Fransisco, Sharon is slowly becoming enveloped in the local punk scene and helping out leafleting at a local women’s bookshop after being taken to a protest by her closeted gay brother. The two bond over their love of music and slowly become each other’s best friend and closest confidant. I absolutely flew through this book and it’s an era of queer history that I never really knew about before picking up this book. I was rooting for the friendship to grow into something more from the very beginning of the book, so I was so happy to see my wish come true!

I have many more recommendations for sapphic friends to lovers if you’d be interested in a part 2 (I had to get rid of a few from this post or else it would’ve taken years to get through!), and of course, if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know!

4 thoughts on “Sapphic Recs #5 – Friends to Lovers

  1. A post opening with ATWBU is always a wonderful one!! Amazing list, Althea, and I’m excited to read Mary, Everything! Thank you for the mention and I do hope you’ll like We Go Together but it is a somewhat heavier book so be sure to check out its cw/tw. * nervously hoping you won’t hate it but it’s okay if you do, too * 😀

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