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READ & REVIEWED: Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham is a beautiful and heartfelt graphic novel about the trials of friendship and growing up.

Real Friends Shannon Hale Leuyen Pham middle grade book children graphic novel

Book recommendation from Little E & me! Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham.


Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends since they were little but things began to change after Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and leader of a group of girls. Shannon struggles to keep her friendship with Adrienne and stay in the group, while also having to deal with an abusive elder sister and anxiety.

Real Friends Shannon Hale Leuyen Pham middle grade book children graphic novel

Beautifully illustrated by Pham, Real Friends is Hale’s heartfelt graphic memoir about her childhood till she was 10-11 years old. The trials of friendship and growing up is aptly captured in the story and it got me teary eyed at various points because it reminded me of my own childhood. I also love the author’s uplifting note on why and how she had written this book and what became of the relationships she had depicted in the story.

Real Friends Shannon Hale Leuyen Pham middle grade book children graphic novel

If you like the friendship aspects of my book series, My BFF Is an Alien, you’ll definitely love this one too. This middle-grade graphic novel is great for tweens and those older.

Real Friends Shannon Hale Leuyen Pham middle grade book children graphic novel

We got this brilliant book from online bookstore Experal Singapore - it has a great range of fiction and non-fiction books! Do check out its Shopee and Lazada stores, and website at Experal.com! 😉


Disclaimer: This book is provided by Experal Singapore for my review. My opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.


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