This talks about best friends and what they can provide to girls who are growing up. A best friend is a lot of things, not the least of which is a confidante. It is important to have that. This also talks about best friends in fiction. It’s a reading website so the topic ties into that.
- Pink princess parties notwithstanding, scratch a girl, and what you will find is a preoccupation not with tutus but with friends—specifically, a best friend.
- In the popular imagination, this is a figure somewhere between confidante and guardian—a defender, or, at least, partner, in the roiling pool of scorn and censure that is one’s peer group.
- In private life, best friends can be more like a boss and employee—and when you are in your tutu, it is your best friend who is most likely to point out that your pointe shoes are wrong.
“Jo and Amy are alive and well in An Old-Fashioned Girl, although they come to us in the figures of wholesome Polly and wealthy, if well-meaning, Fanny.”