Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Today I’m giving recommendations for a well-loved trope: found family/ragtag crew/team of misfits! I really love this trope, like most people, and wanted to talk about some of my favourite books with this trope.
I will say off the bat that a lot of these are fairly popular books, and they’re not necessarily the most ~innovative~ recommendations. But, perhaps there’s someone out there who is on the fence about one of these books, and this will help them make a decision. Also they were all books I loved and I’m always happy to talk about books I love.
So, let’s get into them!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
This is a classic found family/crew of misfits, but I love it. We follow five main characters: Adam, Ronan, Noah, Gansey, and Blue. They’re all very different and come from very different backgrounds, but grow to love and care about each other. Their friendships are some of my favourites, and it made this whole series so enjoyable to read. If you like magic and friendships and family dynamics and slow-paced stories, you’ll enjoy this.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is another class ragtag crew and found family. There are six main characters: Kaz, Nina, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, and Matthias, again all from very different backgrounds. But they all care about each other and bring something different to the team. If, somehow, you haven’t read this heist book yet, please do.
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
I really really want everyone to read this book. It follows four homeless people, Amelia One-Sky, Double Dick, Digger, and Timber, who befriend a journalist, Granite, and find a winning lottery ticket. It’s such a found family story, and I loved reading about them coming together and how their family changed with the introduction of Granite and the winning of the lottery ticket. It’s so great, and I highly recommend it.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
This one is definitely the ragtag crew. We follow two best friends who team up with a pair of twins and their friend, as well as a group of three friends. By far my favourite part of this book was the relationships and friendships between the friends. They felt very real and genuine, and really added to the story. I highly recommend this one if you’re into magical realism.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
This book follows a group of Indigenous people, two elders and four (I think) younger people, surviving in a dystopian world. It’s the definition of found family, but in a somewhat atypical way. The group felt like such a family: they argued and disagreed, but still cared for and supported each other. If you like dystopian, I think you’d really enjoy this one.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
This book might seem like an odd choice, but I think it works. The biggest focus of this kidnapping book is about the girls who are kidnapped, and the kinship they share with each other. I really appreciated the focus on the female friendships in this book. So if you’re looking for a thriller with this trope, I’d definitely recommend this one.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This one might also seem like an odd choice, but I really think it works for found family. The relationships between Marin and Mabel, and Marin and her parental figure(s) were really lovely. I think this book really demonstrates that found family can be just one person, that it can be a platonic relationship, and that romantic feelings don’t need to ruin a friendship. I highly recommend this book.
So there are my recommendations for this trope! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations? Do you plan on reading any of these? Let me know!