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The Monday Poll: Best Bromance

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Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week we wanted to know about your favorite female friendship in YA lit. Maddie and “Verity,” the sensational team from Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity, took the lead with 44% of the vote. Ann Brashare’s four-way friendship from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget, gathered 35% of the vote, taking second place, and Betsy and Tacy from Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series came in third with 12%. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

Now that we’ve explored female friendships in YA lit, let’s give the guys some attention. What’s the best YA lit bromance? Vote in the poll below or let us know who we missed in the comments!

What's the best bromance in YA lit?

  • Harry and Ron (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) (49%, 52 Votes)
  • Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater) (13%, 14 Votes)
  • Will and Tiny (Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan) (12%, 13 Votes)
  • Colin and Hassan (An Abundance of Katherines by John Green) (11%, 12 Votes)
  • Will and Jem (The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare) (8%, 9 Votes)
  • Greg and Earl (Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews) (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Finley and Russ (Boy21 by Matthew Quick) (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Allison Tran

Past Member Manager for YALSA's The Hub. Passionate about information literacy, social media, and connecting readers with books they'll love.


  1. Jenn Jenn

    How about Augustus and Isaac from TFIOS?

    • Allison Tran Allison Tran

      Oh, good suggestion! Thanks!

  2. Amy Amy

    Why can’t two guys just have a friendship? Why does it have to be a “bromance”? Sorry. I just hate that word and the connotation it carries for me. But I love Will and Tiny.

    • Allison Tran Allison Tran

      The word bromance is a little gimmicky, but to me, it carries the connotation that it’s completely okay for two guys to have a deep and true friendship– a relationship that might even be almost as intense as a romance, while being completely platonic.

      Thanks for weighing in!

    • I look at the word and see the essence of brotherhood, something that goes deeper than just friendship, maybe even deeper than brotherhood. Especially knowing the strange bonding rituals guys have, I love the word and hope it remains in our cultural vocabulary.

      I also have a couple of bromances not on the list that I consider excellent:

      Darius (a teen writer) and Twig (a middle-distance runner) in the book Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

      Standish Treadwell (can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright) and his friend Hector in Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. (Spoiler alert here – this is a friendship strong enough to be worth dying for)

      • Allison Tran Allison Tran

        Thanks for the suggestions, Barbara! Those are great examples of the incredibly strong bonds of friendship.

  3. Nicole Orr Nicole Orr

    I am always looking for new bromance suggestions, for movies, books and TV shows, but haven long run out. They seem to be SO rare. Here’s my best suggestions though:

    Marcus and Esca from Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. (Can’t resist a bromance where one of the men is injured)

    Nick and Alan from the Demons Lexicon by Sara Reese Brennan. (Demons, magicians and brothers who backstab each other only when protecting each other at the same time, what more could you ask for in a trilogy?)

    Cal and Niko from Night-Life by Robin Thurman. (Full of demons and the snarkiest dialog between brothers I have ever seen)

    Sam and Dean Winchester from the Supernatural TV show.

    Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe from the Revolution TV show. (Despite being enemies most of the time, they have a heartbreakingly touching past)

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