Which fictional characters would Lindsey Kelk like to have as besties?
This was really, really hard. I love writing best friends and looking at the ins and outs of modern friendship. If I could bring anyone from my books into my life, it would probably be Amy, Al and Kekipi from A Girl’s Best Friend as they are the most incredible, dependable and loyal humans on this earth and they give great advice. Something I definitely need. But since I didn’t want to choose people from my own books, here are my top five dream besties from literature. It was so difficult. I’ve read too many books and have too many opinions so these are the people who leapt off the top of my head.
Mathilde in Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies
I read this stunner of a novel recently and while the complicated Mathilde might not be everyone’s first choice for a BFF, she would certainly be mine. Who wouldn’t want a fiercely loyal friend, she’s incredibly bright and she will do anything for those she loves. Just don’t get on her bad side, OK?
The Wakefield Twins
I was obsessed with Sweet Valley High when I was younger and constantly vacillated back and forth between my favourite twin. Clearly I was more of an Elizabeth but I longed to be a Jessica. On the best friend front, they both have their ups and down. Obviously Liz is going to be the more dependable, as Enid Rollins will tell you, but Jessica definitely has a better wardrobe from which to pilfer. And Lila Fowler is like totally no good so Jess could use another BFF. Nowadays, I’d probably end up being friends with their mum. Sob.
She always has wine. End of.
You couldn’t go on a girl’s night out with Bridget (she would not have wine) but Jane is a sensible woman with a good head on her shoulders. Plus, she’s loaded and she speaks French – girls’ weekend in Paris anyone?
Patrick Bateman from American Psycho
Bear with me. Yes he’s a serial killer and yes he kidnaps prostitutes and puts rats in uncomfortable places but he’s also got a killer pad in Manhattan, can get a reservation at (most) of the best restaurants and makes an absolute fortune. None of these things are to be sniffed at in New York City. Plus he’s always turned out nicely and has a killer record collection. As long as he doesn’t decide to, you know, chop your head off, Patrick is my top pick for Best Platonic Boy Friend.
Author photo credit: Philippa Gedge
After the crazy six months she’s had, if there was a ‘clear history’ button for your life, Tess Brookes would be the first in line to press it.
When the opportunity arises to join her best friend, Amy, in New York for Christmas, Tess jumps at the chance. The only slight hitch is that Nick, the man who broke her heart, lives there. And Charlie, the man she turned down, has just started talking to her again. And she has just four days to take a photo for a competition that could save her career.
But aside from that, everything is going to be great: it’ll be the best Christmas ever. Won’t it?
Lindsey Kelk is a British author, journalist and prolific tweeter. Previously a children’s book editor and columnist for Marie Claire, Lindsey is now a full-time writer who lives in New York. Her novels include the I Heart series: I Heart New York, I Heart Hollywood, I Heart Paris, I Heart Vegas, I Heart London, and I Heart Christmas; The Single Girl’s To Do List and two Tess Brookes novels, About a Girl, and What a Girl Wants.