I’m so excited to bring to you today a guest post from the wonderful Danielle Ellison! Her book just released yesterday, and we’re here today to talk about something super important to her new release – friendship! The foundation of her book is Will and Georgia Ann’s friendship, and Danielle is taking over Book Princess Reviews to tell us more about her favorite friendships!
About the Book
In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?
Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now.
Danielle’s Fantastic Guest Post
Since your book is based around a fabulous friendship between Georgia Ann and Will, what are some of your favorite fictional friendships (books, movies, TV shows, etc.)?
Without friendships, I’d be lost. My friends double as family, and there’s a kind of magic about having this circle of people who know you. It was important to me to highlight the friendship between Georgie and Will because it’s what this whole story thrives from. I’m a big TV buff, and in addition to books, these feature some of my favorite fictional friendships.
Nina and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
They have a shared history that makes them understand each other, they’re both fierce and loyal.
Rory and Lane from Gilmore Girls
Because they show that best friends don’t have to change and that you can stick by each other even when life goes in different directions.
Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl
Drama and dysfunction? Yes. BUT they were always there for each other, through thick and thin and disputes.
Reagan and Dee from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
They’ve been through everything together and while they’re both on their own journey and very different people (Dee is superstar, you guys) they are still there for each other.
Karou And Zuzana From The Daughter Of Smoke & Bone By Laini Taylor
They are fiercely protective of each other and even when Karou is on adventures, she still knows what’s going on in Zuzana’s life. And Zuzana is Karou’s link to the human world, one who will happily kick butt for her. They keep each other grounded and supported.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This story has real friendships (between Eliza and Wallace) that’s developing and growing, even when they don’t know everything about each other. Eliza also has these online friends—and I felt that their connections, the way they open to each other and know each other, even when they haven’t been in the same room, to be very true to life and heartwarming.
Cory and Shawn from Boy Meets World
These two. These two! What can you say about them? If you watched Boy Meets World (or Girl Meets World) then you know there’s a bond that surpasses understanding, circumstance, poverty, loss and loyalty—and it’s these two. They support each other no matter what. Some friends can be friends forever.
Charlie and Gang from Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy
Charlie is this lost, lonely boy…and then he meets all these older, cool kids who take a second to get to know him, who support him, who help him get out of his shell, and somehow they all form this bond that reminds us we are not alone.
Harry, Ron and Hermione
Meredith and Cristina from Grey’s Anatomy
Because they have everything in one friendship, from happy, sad, competitive, tough-love, fun moments, support and making someone stop to think. They show us that friendship isn’t always pretty or easy, and you have to put in work but it can be lasting.
Willowdean and Ellen from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
This book has all sorts of relationships and explores the dynamics therein. Ellen and Willowdean certainly have a tumultuous best friendship but they show you that sometimes you can miss the mark for each other, you can fail each other, but you can also come back from that, support, encourage and forgive—because that’s what friends do.
Everyone from Harry Potter
No list about friendships would be complete without someone from Harry Potter. You have the trio, who undoubtedly goes through tough times and squabbles, has to overcome differences, show support and loyalty, laugh together and challenge each other. But there are so many more characters in these books who display what friendship; the characters who go the extra mile to listen, to help, to do something positive to help out Harry or someone else, maybe even without expecting recognition or receiving thanks. That’s friendship.
I think there’s a common theme here for me, which is this fierce loyalty and willingness to do whatever you can for the person you love—and to me, that’s The Sweetheart Sham in a nutshell.
About the Author
Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.