Our friends can effect us in both positive and negative manner. They can help you reach impossible heights in terms of success but in case the friendship is toxic it can have adverse effects as well. It is better to walk out of such toxic friendship or relationship as fast as you can. In this article, we have listed 10 books about toxic friendship.

The Seven Deadly Friendships – Mary E. DeMuth

10 Books About Toxic Friendship - The Seven Deadly Friendships – Mary E. DeMuth
10 Books About Toxic Friendship – The Seven Deadly Friendships – Mary E. DeMuth

It is unfortunate but toxic friendships happen to every one of us and the problem is not recognizing the issue or remaining in confusion about the detachment or falling apart of the friendship. After wading through many such friendships DeMuth discloses seven diverse kinds of toxic relationships and empowers people to identify the relationships that are causing their greatest torment.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Secret History – Donna Tartt

It is an inverted detective story where one of the six classic students, Richard Papen narrates the story as he reflects upon the incident that led to the death of one of their friends Edmund ‘Bunny’ Corcoran. The book explores the lasting effects of Bunny’s death on the socially and academically isolated group of students.

Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

10 Books About Toxic Friendship - Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
10 Books About Toxic Friendship – Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s critically acclaimed seventh novel focuses on the life of Elaine Risley, a fictional painter, and her story as she vividly reflects and looks back upon her childhood and teenage years.

Sula – Toni Morrison

Sula – Toni Morrison
Sula – Toni Morrison

Nela Wright and Sula Peace have created a portrait that describes a black woman in America. Nel has chosen to stay in the same town, get married there, and start her own family. While Sula rejects the decision Nel made and so he escaped to college in a whole different city. Now when it is Sula’s time to come back, she came back as a rebel and a wanton seductress.

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

10 Books About Toxic Friendship - The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
10 Books About Toxic Friendship – The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

This novel introduces the character of Tom Ripley and after this Ripley has arrived in four subsequent novels. It has been adapted several times on screen. Ripley newly arrived in Manhattan and became enamored by the moneyed life of his friend Dickie Greenleaf – later in the story, this fondness will turn into an obsession. The story of Ripley is considered one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time.

The Girls – Emma Cline

The Girls – Emma Cline
The Girls – Emma Cline

The primary part of the novel is set during 1969 and it focuses on a 14-year-old named Evie Boys who feel unloved and isolated. Evie ends up spending most of her summer with a few teenage girls on a ranch who are all devoted to Russell Hadrick, an aspiring musician.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

10 Books About Toxic Friendship - Lord of the Flies - William Golding
10 Books About Toxic Friendship – Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Lord of the Flies focuses on a group of young British boys who are stranded on an island and their devastating effort to rule themselves. The book explores the two compelling and competing impulses that exist within each of us.

Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

Barbara Covett is a school teacher who has lived a lonely life till she met Sheba Hart who is the new art teacher at St. George’s. Their friendship was strong and blooming and so was another – Sheba started an illicit relationship with an underage male student. When the secret affair became a tea for the media, Barbara decides to write to defend her friend but ended up revealing not only Sheba’s secret but her as well.

Vanity Fair – William Thackeray

10 Books About Toxic Friendship - Vanity Fair – William Thackeray
10 Books About Toxic Friendship – Vanity Fair – William Thackeray

Thackeray’s famous book Vanity Fair deals with characters named Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley amid their families and friends during and post-Napoleonic Wars. This book also has several adaptations. It deals with societal values, illusion and reality, heroism, fiction versus reality, and more.

Passing – Nella Larsen

Passing – Nella Larsen
Passing – Nella Larsen

American author Nella Larsen’s Passing is primarily set in the neighbourhood of Harlem in New York City during the 1920s. The story focuses on the reunion of two childhood friends and their growing interest in each others’ lives.

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