12 Books With Beautiful Sibling Relationships ๐Ÿ˜

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m back with my newest obsession! So over the weekend, I watched this video from Amy’s Youtube channel (which all of you musical theatre fans should definitely check out by the way), and it convinced me to go listen to Starry. I listened to the original concept recording over the weekend, and I am just… so in love. Why aren’t more people talking about this?

Starry is a pop-rock musical about the relationship between Vincent and Theo van Gogh, who exchanged thousands of letters during their lifetime, with a book by Kelly Lynne D’Angelo and music by Matt Dahan. And it is absolutely gorgeous. This is probably the most obsessed I’ve been over a musical since Hamilton, and that is saying something, considering the sheer number of musicals Iโ€™ve fallen in love with so far. It’s an abomination that Starryโ€™s not as popular as it should be — it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry!!? What is this?!!?? Someone bring this to Broadway, pleaseeeee???

Starry Musical
Listen to the original concept recording here on Spotify!

Anyway, the characters are gorgeous, the singing is beautiful, and the soundtrack is so, so lovely, but the one thing I love most in Starry is the relationship between Vincent and Theo. During their lifetimes, Theo van Gogh was decidedly the more successful brother — he was an esteemed art dealer and businessman, while Vincent was seen for nothing but his failures. The evolution of their relationship, from when Vincent first shows up unexpectedly in Theo’s Parisian apartment, to Vincent’s suicide in July 1890, is BEAUTIFUL. I just want to put this album on repeat for days and days and I’m pretty sure I would still tear up during “Wheat Fields.” And “On the Threshold of Eternity.” ๐Ÿ˜ญ

But ANYWAY, we’re here to talk about books, aren’t we? So today, I’ve decided to bring you a list of 12 books with amazing sibling relationships, รก la Starry. I am absolutely obsessed with books about complex sibling relationships. For some reason, I’m especially in love with books about complex brother-brother or brother-sister relationships, so this list is going to be biased in that direction. But please feel free to drop any sisterly bond recommendations in the comments below!

So sorry for putting you through that ultra-long, fangirling-mess intro ๐Ÿ˜… Better late than never, right? Let’s get into it!

Legend by Marie Lu

I probably recommend this book too much…. but Day’s devotion to his family is just so beautiful โ€” it makes the struggle to protect them that much more real. The very existence of Rebel is a testimony to that. And we also have June’s bond with her brother Metias. Although we spend very little time with him as a character, his death in Legend serves as the catalyst for the rest of the trilogy, and June’s love for him is evident in every decision she makes. With both of the main characters nurturing such heartfelt bonds with their siblings, this series is practically a paradise for all my fellow character-development lovers.

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare is technically a romantic comedy, but the author doesn’t shy away from addressing darker issues through her main characters’ lives. Tiffy is dealing with a break-up from her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, while Leon is trying to get his brother Richie, who has been wrongfully convicted, out of prison. Leon’s loyalty to Richie and the supportive relationship the brothers have made me melt on the inside. I still haven’t recovered.

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

The Lost & Found is a quiet YA contemporary about two teens, Frannie and Louis, who met through an online support group when they were younger. Years later, they both set out on a road trip on a quest to find all the things they’ve lost: family, connections, and random objects that have a tendency to disappear before their very eyes. I read this a few years back and rated it 3 stars, but it was most definitely a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.” Louis’s relationship with his sister Willa, who has no legs from an childhood accident that Louis blames himself for, was just one of the sweetest things to ever come out of a contemporary novel. So, so beautiful.

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

It’s been a while since I’ve flailed about this book on the blog. Time to rectify that!! Rob and Charley have a complicated brotherly relationship that’s built on simultaneous adoration and resentment, and it. is. AMAZING!! Rob resents Charley for his genius and how he always leaves Rob in the dust, while also admiring him for those same traits. This complex back-and-forth really finds its climax when the brothers discover a street home to various fictional characters and are tossed into a quest to save the Street from an invading magician. I could read about this pair for hundreds and hundreds of pages, and it would never grow old. Absolutely brilliant.

Check it out on Goodreads!

Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Jo & Laurie is a retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in an alternate ending where Jo accepts the eponymous Laurie’s proposal. Jo’s relationship with her sisters Meg and Amy as well as her love for the late Beth gives her character depth. It’s lovely to see how each of the sisters thinks of each other before anything else. As a lifelong only child, I’m practically green with envy.

Check it out on Goodreads! You can find my review here.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

The inimitable Paper Fury’s debut novel! A Thousand Perfect Notes tells the story of Beck, a Softโ„ข๏ธ marshmallow being forced to play the piano by his abusive mother, the Maestro. First, can we take a moment to collectively agree on the utter monstrosity of the Maestro? Abusive parents in YA hurting their children give me anger issues — not because I think we shouldn’t be reading about domestic abuse, but because it makes me so angry on behalf of the characters and everyone who has to go through this in real life ๐Ÿ˜ก

But anyway, we were talking about siblings. Beck’s younger sister Joey is adorable made incarnate. It just broke my heart to see how the Maestro’s messed-up actions affect her and how Beck is willing to do anything to save Joey from his mother’s clutches. Their relationship is the definition of a flower growing from a crack in the concrete. I’ve heard wonderful things about the family dynamic in The Boy Who Steals Houses, so I really need to step up my game and pick that book up already.

Check it out on Goodreads!

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

It’s been years since I read this MG historical fiction, but I still remember how affected I was by its storyline. The War That Saved My Life tells the story of Ada, a ten-year-old girl with a club foot, and her younger brother Jamie, who live with their abusive mother in a one-room flat in London. When Jamie is shipped out of London to escape World War II raging the city, Ada sneaks out to join him, and they end up in the home of Susan Smith, a woman with past hurts of her own. Their developing family bond is moving to read about, and I especially remember Ada and Jamie’s loving relationship that perseveres despite their environment.

Check it out on Goodreads!

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak could write the fine print at the bottom of an insurance company commercial and he would still manage to make me cry. Bridge of Clay features the five Dunbar brothers — Matthew, Henry, Rory, Clay, and Tommy — as they try to make sense of their lives after the death of their mother and the departure of their father. These boys’ bond was messy and involved quite a few fistfights, but in the end, they were all there for each other no matter what. I don’t know how many times I’ve reread the last few pages of this book, but I can 99% guarantee you I cried each and every single time. Like I said, fine print.

Check it out on Goodreads!

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

On a lighter note! Of Curses and Kisses is a YA contemporary set at an elite boarding school for the richest of the rich. Princess Jaya Rao arrives at St. Rosetta’s with the intent to exact her revenge on the heir to the loathsome Emerson clan on behalf of her younger sister. I cannot for anything remember what Jaya’s sister’s name was — I sort of hate past me for not including her name in my review ughhh — but I do remember what a sweet, wholesome relationship the sisters had. Jaya came off as overprotective and very uptight at times, but she was always her sister’s greatest supporter, despite the fact she went about expressing in the wrong way for much of the novel.

Check it out on Goodreads! You can find my review here.

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Four words: Angelica. Eliza. AND Peggy. The rest is self-explanatory, I assume.

Well, for those of you who need further elaboration, My Dear Hamilton is a biographical historical fiction novel chronicling the eventful life of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. As all fans of the musical will know, Eliza had two sisters she was extremely close to: Angelica and Peggy. These three had such a supportive bond, and that made it that much sadder to read about Angelica and Peggy’s early deaths. And I am choosing to believe that Alexander Hamilton was, in fact, a halfway decent person and did not have an(other) affair with Angelica.

Check it out on Goodreads! You can find my review here.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Another YA contemporary — the genre seems to be a preeminent one in terms of sibling relationships! Tweet Cute mostly focuses on the insanely slow-burn, ultra-sweet romance between Pepper and Jack (ship name: Pepperjack!!!!), but also features a sibling relationship between Jack and his twin brother Ethan. One of my close friends (who has a younger sister) related so much to how the brothers’ relationship was portrayed, especially about how they fought and sort of let the argument burn itself out until it was stirred up again. So you have it on her word as well as mine!

Check it out on Goodreads!

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

And last but not least, we’re closing off with a YA historical fiction. Romanov is the fantastical reimagining of the life of Anastasia Romanova in all its tragic glory. Anastasia, or rather Nastya, as she likes to go by in Brandes’s telling of the tale, had four siblings — Alexei, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria. Nastya’s interactions with them during their exile to Siberia were touching, as all five of them, as well as their parents, struggle to remain optimistic in the face of constant aggression and threats of death. Her relationship with Alexei was especially lovely, like how she cares for Alexei, a hemophiliac from birth, and how Alexei tries so hard not to be a burden. He could never be.

Check it out on Goodreads!

That’s it for today, bookworms! I had so many other books to include here, but had to limit myself to 12. But if you’re in search of more amazing sibling relationships in books, be sure to check out Sofii’s top 5 list, as well as Cait’s list of 63 (!!) YA books about siblings!

How about you? Are you a fan of sibling relationships in books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Any recommendations? And perhaps most importantly: have I convinced you to listen to Starry yet? Chat with me in the comments below!

33 thoughts on “12 Books With Beautiful Sibling Relationships ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Ooh I hope you enjoy The Flatshare — I enjoyed its laugh-out-loud funny moments as well as the darker undertones. And I’ve heard amazing things about Helen Hoang’s books… I’m going to have to look into The Bride Test, if only for the brotherly relationship you mentioned! Thanks for reading and commenting, Alex! ๐Ÿ’–

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      1. She has a romance trilogy with the same characters, the first book is the kiss quotient and my favorite! She has very good autistic reps as main characters (the author herself has autism as well) and Khai has autism in the second book. Seeing Quan being such a loving brother but also trying to understand Khai is so sweet! Ok Iโ€™m done ๐Ÿคฃ definitely read them! I read the switch and fell in love so I cannot wait to read the flatshare. I love books that make me laugh and have more serious content as well!

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  1. I love Tweet Cute! It’s one of my favourite books of the year! I love reading about sibling/family/friend/romantic relationships. Besides Tweet Cute and the Flatshare, I have yet to read anything on this list, so thank you for the new recommendations!

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  2. Abby, this is a lovely post and such a reminder that I have to appreciate my own sister more! Love the one about Jo and Laurie, I find that I can relate insanely to Jo and Amy as well, being “archenemies” with my sister and yet still having that deep bond which I need to bring out more often ah!

    I really loved The War that Saved My Life, it is just so heartening and heartwarming about how Susan began to love the 2 children though she was rather aloof at first. And Ada’s love for Jamie despite him getting the mom’s attention and care instead of her was heartbreaking! This was also the book that introduced me to historical fiction. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Indeed A Thousand Perfect Notes was shattering, I could not stop tears. Being a musician (or I try to be), I really could relate to Beck’s pain though it was so much at a severe level. I agree on the anger that some parents do have crazy high expectations for their children though with best intentions and C.G Drews really struck me with that. And oh yes the sacrificial sibling relationship was incredibly sweet.

    One book where there is immense sibling love would be The Nightingale, where the two sisters are complete opposites and can’t stand each other but in the end…

    (I didn’t realise the comment was so long! Sorry about it!, got a bit too passionate I’m going to check Starry out now.)

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Cherelle! The relationships in books that are done right really inspire us all to be the best people we can be — and the sibling relationships are #goals, especially ones like the March sisters ๐Ÿ˜†

      The War that Saved My Life was amazing!!! I remember absolutely loving it when I first read it, and my heart broke for Jamie and Ada and how they stood by each other no matter what ๐Ÿ˜ญ And the addition of Susan to their little family was just the sweetest thing everrrrr

      A Thousand Perfect Notes was HEARTBREAKING. I hated the Maestro with all my heart, but I also understood where she was coming from??? So that was really complicated to read about. And Beck and Joey own a part of my heart with their love for each other. There was this scene where the Maestro was being her disgusting abusive self and Joey was just crying in the corner asking her to stop hurting Beck and bye I think I’m crying omg ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜…

      Ooh I’ve heard great things about The Nightingale! I added it to my TBR a long, long time ago, but now that I have your word, I’m going to have to get my hands on it soon!

      I welcome any and all long comments — I so relate to getting carried away by my love for books ๐Ÿ˜‚ AND YES STARRY!! I’m utterly obsessed with the album… let me know what you think of it when you get to listen to it! Thanks for reading and commenting Cherelle โค๏ธ

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  3. OMG, I LOVE that!!! โค๏ธโœจ You can never have enough books with good sibling relationships, as you know, I absolutely LOVE them. ๐Ÿ˜
    I SO agree with Legend, every sibling bond there is precious. ๐Ÿฅบ
    Thank you SO much for mentioning my post, it means a lot to me โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed, Sofii! Sibling relationships in books are the BEST when they’re done right. I love seeing whether authors choose to make siblings supportive of each other or have a really complicated relationship — you can’t go wrong either way ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ

      All the relationships in Legend have my heart to do with as they will — they’re all so lovely!! And I love every single one of your top 5 lists so the mention was no problem at all ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Sofii! ๐Ÿ’•

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  4. You’ve just made me even more intrigued to read Bridge of Clay – I don’t even know why I haven’t picked it up yet, since I love Markus Zusak’s writing ๐Ÿ˜… Books with sibling relationships are just the best! That’s one reason why I love The Penderwicks so much (I’m just gonna reveal that you guessed that favorite of mine correctly ๐Ÿ˜‰). They remind me so much of my own siblings (I have three) and me ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Also, I guess watching Starry is now on my list of things to do when I’m done with exams ๐Ÿค— (Please tell me we don’t see Vincent cutting his ear off, though – that aspect of his life has always absolutely horrified me!)

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    1. I loved Bridge of Clay so much โ€” I am seriously overdue for a reread ๐Ÿ˜ญ And omg I canโ€™t believe I forgot to include The Penderwicks! I love the sisterly dynamic, itโ€™s so sweet of you to think of your siblings the way the Penderwicks think of each other ๐Ÿฅฐ (and omg I got it right yess!!!)

      Yes Starry!!! And yes that would be rather traumatizing to see live ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Iโ€™m not sure about the actual show, but the scene isnโ€™t included in the concept recording. The closest we get to it is with the song โ€œOn the Threshold of Eternity,โ€ which is basically Theo and Vincent talking about Vincentโ€™s depression right after the incident and letโ€™s just say it is a MAJOR tearjerker ๐Ÿ˜ญ But anyway, I hope you enjoy if you do decide to listen to it! Thanks for reading and commenting Naemi ๐Ÿ’–

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      1. That’s good to know – both about Bridge of Clay and the lack of ear cutting in the recording ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ll definitely have to check them both out! Especially since I love a good tearjerker ๐Ÿ˜Š If it can make me cry, it’s gotta be amazing!

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  5. The only one on this list that I’ve read is Legend, and that was ages ago! I have The Lost and Found on my physical TBR because I have really liked the Katrina Leno books that I have read.

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    1. Yep, it definitely feels like itโ€™s been forever since I read the Legend trilogy…. maybe itโ€™s time for a reread…. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰

      I havenโ€™t picked up any of her other books yet, but Iโ€™m glad to hear you liked them! I hope you enjoy The Lost & Found when you get around to reading it ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks for reading and commenting, Alyssa!

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      1. All the major character in Greatest Discovery are orphans. Aurora and Jasmine are the center of the novel, two fraternal twins. These girls have always been best friends- Jasmine is fiercely protective of Aurora, which grew stronger once tragedy struck.

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  6. Great post!! I loved Jo and Laurie and Tweet Cute!! A lot of times I struggle with sibling relationships in book because they just don’t seem very realistic but you have some great choices on your list!!

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    1. Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed, April! Oh yes I definitely know what youโ€™re talking about! There are some unnecessarily cringey and sentimental sibling relationships out there, and a little part of me shrivels up every time I read one of those ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

      Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment, April, and happy reading! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Ooh Iโ€™ve heard amazing things about Tomi Adeyemiโ€™s books! Iโ€™m sold if thereโ€™s a good sibling relationship in there somewhere ๐Ÿคฉ Iโ€™ll have to look into Children of Blood and Bone! Thanks for reading and commenting, Elizabeth Anne! ๐Ÿ’—

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  7. As somebody whose best friend growing up was her brother, I totally ADORED this post! You’ve included so many great books on here! Some of my favorites are: Tweet Cute, A Thousand Perfect Notes, and The Flatshare! I would add What I Like About You by by Marisa Kanter also has a great sibling relationship! Also, now I really want to read The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno! It sounds like one of those books that would make me feel ALL THE FEELS. Anyways, thanks again for such a lovely post!

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    1. Ahhhh Iโ€™m so happy to hear that you enjoyed Kat!! ๐Ÿค— Iโ€™ve been seeing What I Like About You everywhere the past couple of months, so this just might be the push I needed to finally pick it up…

      And yes The Lost & Found was beautiful โ€” the author addresses a lot of themes like mental health and ableism so thatโ€™s an immediate plus!! I hope you enjoy it if you do get to read it ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank YOU for reading and leaving such a thoughtful comment ๐Ÿ’—

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