Sibling relationships can be . . . complicated. Sometimes you love them, sometimes you can only put up with them for twenty minutes before having to leave the room. But, at the end of the day, you’ll always be there for each other. It’s a sentiment we’ve been noticing quite a bit in YA books. No matter how serious the drama these characters go through is, they always find their way back to one other! It’s adorable and heartwarming and basically makes us want to find our siblings and give them a big hug without any explanation whatsoever.
Below is a list of some of our favorite YA books about siblings that gave us all the feels. Check them out and do a buddy read with your brother or sister 👪
11 YA Books About Siblings
That Will Make You Want to Hug Yours
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
With the movie adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix, now is as good a time as any to pick up the first book in this trilogy (or, let’s be honest, all three of the books). Lara Jean, Margot, and Kitty have such a special relationship, and no matter what awful things they do to one another in a moment of anger—we’re looking at you Kitty—they’ll always have each other.
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
2. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Thinking about all the sibling relationships in this book, both biological and non-biological, makes us super emotional. The fact that Grace, Maya, and Joaquin came from such vastly different backgrounds and were able to find each other after everything they’d been through individually is so moving!
Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother.
3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
We’re going to say right now that Jude and Noah are two of the most precious siblings ever and they deserve all the happiness in the world! Watching them break apart in the wake of tragedy, and then slowly fall back together was an emotional journey we weren’t prepared for. We’re tearing up just writing about it to be honest.
At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.
4. Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley
Of all of Pup Flanagan’s siblings, his relationship with Annemarie is our favorite. The most supportive, and the one who gets him the most, Annemarie is honestly #bigsistergoals. A close second is Patrick, although we only meet him in memories, but he and Pup give us all. the. feels.
As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.”
5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Okay, now we’re for real crying. In retrospect, Juliet and Izzy’s day together is probably the saddest moment, and makes us want to run to our siblings, hug them tight, and literally never let them go.
Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
6. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Julian, Livia, Tiberius, Dru, Tavvy, and (honorary Blackthorne) Emma all deserve nothing but the best and, wow, these kids have been through a lot. Honestly, after everything they’ve lost, all they have left is each other. They also get the award for most badass siblings on this list!
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
7. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Molly and Cassie might be twins, but they’re total opposites. Which, on occasion, influences a sister fight. There’s also some relationship drama that comes between them, but at the end of the day, the two girls will always be there for each other, and are great example of a great sibling relationship.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick…
8. Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
Life can get really tough sometimes, from struggles of growing up, to battling family expectations, to discovering who you are, it can be helpful to have someone with you through it all. Taja and her sister go through a lot of changes, but they get to go through them together.
This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose. Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school.
9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
You already know we LOVE the Carter siblings, and honestly, one of our favorite things about the book is their banter and bickering. It’s so silly, so fun, and so real–on the page and on screen! They are EVERYTHING, and we honestly don’t deserve this fictional family.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger.
10. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Monty and Felicity might not see eye to eye on many things, or anything at all now that we think about it, but without each other, they probably wouldn’t have survived their wild European excursion. Multiple near death experience tend to bring people closer together. Just don’t ask them to admit their fondness for one another in public.
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy…
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11. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
Half-sisters Isablle and Aurora have a lot going against them in this fairytale inspired fantasy. With everything from a Faerie Queen preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm, and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken, it’s going to take a lot for these two sisters to persevere.
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood, a Faerie Queen who is preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
What are your favorite books about siblings? Tell us in the comments below!