12 of YA’s Greatest Duos of All Time That Show What It Means to Be “Ride or Die”

We love buddy-adventure pairings, because every adventure is better with a friend, right? We all want that one other person in our lives who just gets us without us having to explain ourselves. Luckily, YA is filled with some pretty iconic duos, where you can’t think of one of the characters without also thinking about the other.

Life is better when you have someone to share it with, and we are here for all these amazing characters supporting each other, even when they’re making terrible decisions! And when the two make great decisions together? Nothing could be sweeter.

Scroll down for some of YA’s most iconic duos!

1. Winona & Lucille (Hello Girls)

The best friendships are forged in fire, and we’re so glad that Winona and Lucille have each other. Neither of their home lives are… ideal… but the way they support each other—up until they’ve both had enough and decide to hit the road—is everything to us. We know this story is Thelma & Louise inspired but a reader can hope that these two BFFs will have a better ending, right?

Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.

Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and a lifetime of barely getting by.

One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. One hour later, they’re armed with a plan that will take them from their small Michigan town to Chicago. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible can’t hurt.

Chased by the oppression, toxicity, and powerlessness that has held them down, Winona and Lucille must reclaim their strength if they are going to make their daring escape—and get away with it. Read More.
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2. Charlotte Holmes & Jamie Watson (A Study in Charlotte)

Yeah yeah, the original Holmes and Watson are great, but Charlotte and Jaime are a truly irresistible pair! From their clever banter to the lengths they’ll go to save each other, we could read about them all day every day.

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other. Read More.
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3. Kaz & Inej (Six of Crows)

Kaz may be the most notorious criminal in Ketterdam but he would be nothing without Inej by his side. These two are everything together and, ahem, we’re STILL waiting for our invitation to join the Dregs.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. Read More.
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4. America & Marlee (The Selection)

These two stand by each other throughout the entire Selection and never let the competition get in the way of their friendship. We honestly still get choked up thinking about America trying to save Marlee when she’s accused of treason. Thank goodness both girls find love and are still besties 20 years later in THE HEIR!

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. Read More.
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