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Must Read Found Family Books
When I first started reading as a child I automatically gravitated toward books that included the found family trope. I just didn’t know the name of it then.
There are a lot of children’s books that you probably have read that included this trope like Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, and so many other middle-grade novels.
Today I’m going to be sharing my favorite YA and NA found family trope book recommendations! This will always be in my top 5 favorite book themes right up there with the enemies to lovers trope.
What is the meaning of the found family trope?
The meaning of the found family trope is when the main character finds other characters in the book that ends up filling a family role in their life. The main character often doesn’t have a biological family or they have bad family relationships.
They meet these other characters during the story and they end up forging a bond as strong as a sister or brother.
Harry Potter is my favorite example to demonstrate the found family trope. Harry’s parents had died and he was living with his muggle family who was abusive to him. When Harry goes to Hogwarts he creates a family bond with Ron and Hermione.
Why found family is the best trope?
Found family is one of the best tropes because friendship always trumps romance. Reading about a character that creates these strong bonds with people who used to be strangers always fills my heart with happiness.
Family is a powerful bond in all of our lives and only a lucky few are able to create that strong of a tie with friends in their lives.
What a found family trope says about you?
The found family trope lets you know that it is okay to create family bonds with friends not just your biological family. You get the power to choose who you’re close to not just what you were born with.
Best found family trope book recommendations list
1 | The House in the Cerulean Sea
Linus Baker is assigned to Marsyas Island Orphanage to determine if six dangerous children living there will bring about the end of days. Along the way, he meets their caretaker, Arthur Parnassus, and discovers an unlikely family in an unexpected place. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a story of family, discovery, and the power of love.
🤩 What I loved about it: I loved this book on audio! This book was so unique with a storyline that I have never read before. I loved Linus’ character and his growth over the book was amazing to read. It is in my top 3 favorites found family trope books list!
2 | Secrets of a Summer Night
Annabelle Peyton, a beautiful and proud woman without a dowry, is pursued by the ambitious and handsome entrepreneur Simon Hunt, who wants her as his mistress. Despite their attraction to each other, they must outmaneuver each other to find a love more powerful than they ever imagined, while also facing a peril that could destroy everything they hold dear.
🤩 What I loved about it: This is a stunning regency romance that surprisingly has the found family trope! You don’t see a lot of historical fiction with this trope so you should definitely check it out.
3 | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Jacob’s family tragedy leads him to a mysterious island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the abandoned orphanage, he finds that the children may have been more than just peculiar, and may still be alive. This spine-tingling fantasy is illustrated with vintage photography, making it an unforgettable adventure.
🤩 What I loved about it: This is a book that I will never forget. The relationship that Jacob forges with the children across this series is beautiful and heartwarming.
4 | A Court of Thorns and Roses
In A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, nineteen-year-old Feyre is dragged to a treacherous magical land after killing a wolf in the woods and discovers that her captor is a lethal, immortal faerie. As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into passionate love. However, an ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever.
🤩 What I loved about it: Do I even need to say anything about this book? This is a cult classic at this point and the found family in this book is filled with all the banter.
5 | Every Heart a Doorway
In Seanan McGuire’s novel, Every Heart a Doorway, Nancy returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a place for children who have experienced magical lands and are seeking a way back. When tragedy strikes, Nancy and her schoolmates must get to the heart of the matter, no matter the cost.
🤩 What I loved about it: Wow! This book was so interesting! Nancy was such a strong character to read about and the other children were just as fascinating. This book had so many good descriptive details the world will jump right off the page as you read.
6 | We Hunt the Flame
Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya, but neither wants to be. Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man to brave the cursed forest of the Arz, while Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father. As war brews and the Arz sweeps closer, both embark on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to their world, but an ancient evil stirs and the prize they seek may pose a greater threat than either can imagine.
🤩 What I loved about it: This book is such a fun adventure fantasy book! You will fall in love with the characters and be swept away into this magical world.
7 | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Monique Grant is an aspiring magazine reporter whose career is at a standstill when she is chosen by aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo to write her biography. As Evelyn tells her story of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and forbidden love, Monique discovers that her life is intertwined with Evelyn’s in unexpected and tragic ways.
🤩 What I loved about it: Taylor Reid has created an icon with this book! It has a very unique plot line that will have you filled with all the feelings.
8 | Spellhacker
This book follows four friends as they attempt to pull off their last heist, only to uncover a powerful new strain of maz that leads them to unravel a conspiracy at the center of a magical plague that has killed thousands and made maz a tightly controlled commodity.
🤩 What I loved about it: This is a classic found family book that won’t disappoint.
9 | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. Through a series of letters, the story follows writer Juliet Ashton as she discovers the eccentric characters of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact of the German occupation. Through her journey, Juliet discovers connection in the most surprising ways.
🤩 What I loved about it: This book has been turned into a Netflix movie for a good reason! The book is told through letters, which makes it a really quick book to read. This is a good one to start with if you are just getting back into reading.
10 | Rejected
Mera is a wolf shifter who has been labeled an outcast and a traitor after her father’s mistake. When she runs away, Torin, the alpha’s son, drags her back and her true mate is revealed. However, her mate rejects her and she accidentally summons the Shadow Beast, a shifter god, to protect her from attack.
🤩 What I loved about it: I love kindle unlimited and this book is a great example of the found family trope. Mera ends up forging bongs with the most unlikely characters and creates her own family after being rejected by her pack.
11 | Six of Crows
This book follows criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker and his crew of six misfits as they attempt to pull off a deadly heist that could make them rich, while also standing between the world and destruction.
🤩 What I loved about it: The banter and relationships between all these characters make this book!
12 | Aurora Rising
Tyler Jones is assigned a squad of misfits to go on their first mission in 2380. The squad must work together to save the galaxy from a war millions of years in the making, while also rescuing Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, a girl from interdimensional space.
🤩 What I loved about it: I don’t read a lot of science fiction but I really loved this book! The characters definitely don’t like each other in the beginning and their path to a found family is so fun to read.
13 | Cinder
Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing who finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai. She must uncover secrets about her past to protect her world’s future and navigate the conflicting duties and freedoms of her situation.
🤩 What I loved about it: This series is a great quick read! I loved Cinder’s character and she reacts to being thrust into Prince Kai’s world.
14 | A Man Called Ove
In Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, a grumpy old man’s solitary life is disrupted when a boisterous family moves in next door. Despite his cranky exterior, Ove’s story is filled with comical and heartwarming moments as he forms unexpected friendships and changes the lives of those around him.
🤩 What I loved about it: This book had me sobbing. I loved Ove’s transformation and this book had such a beautiful found family by the end without any romance needed.
15 | Vicious
This is a thrilling story of ambition, jealousy, and superpowers, following two college roommates, Victor and Eli, as they experiment with near-death experiences and develop extraordinary abilities. Ten years later, Victor escapes prison to seek revenge on his old friend, while Eli is on a mission to eradicate all other super-powered people. In this gritty comic-book-style world, allegiances are tested and the outcome is uncertain.
🤩 What I loved about it: Dark anti-super heroes? If you love morally gray characters then you will love this book! Plus this book starts with the letter V, which is great for your A to Z reading challenge.
16 | The Gilded Ones
Namina Forna, a sixteen-year-old Deka must face a consequence worse than death when her blood runs gold on the day of her village’s blood ceremony. A mysterious woman offers her a choice to either stay in the village or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls with rare gifts. Deka embarks on a journey to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, discovering that the great walled city holds many surprises.
🤩 What I loved about it: The descriptive world drew me in and Deka made me stay. You will be sucked into this new world and read this book in one day.
17 | The Raven Boys
Blue Sargent meets Gansey, a rich student at the local private school, and finds herself drawn to him and his quest with three other Raven Boys, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, despite warnings that her true love will die if she gets too close.
🤩 What I loved about it: Think all the fun banter with unexpected friendships.
18 | A Certain Appeal
Liz Bennet, a former interior designer, finds a new home in New York as an executive assistant and stage kitten at Meryton, a top-tier burlesque venue. When she meets Will Darcy, a wealthy manager, sparks fly, but their relationship is tested when a charming newcomer arrives with accusations against Darcy and Meryton’s fate is put in jeopardy. Bennet must decide who to trust in order to salvage her design dreams, her heart, and the stage she shares with her found family.
🤩 What I loved about it: This type of book isn’t something I normally read but I absolutely loved it! If you are looking to read more of a contemporary book with the found family trope then this book is for you.
19 | Lease on Love
Sadie Green and Jack Thomas form an unlikely bond when Sadie accidentally mixes up a dating app and a roommate app, leading her to Jack’s Brooklyn brownstone. Despite their differences, Sadie’s presence helps Jack to move on from the death of his parents, while Sadie is able to pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. Together, they discover that they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.
🤩 What I loved about it: This rom-com book was so fun to read! It had me laughing out loud like a crazy person and I loved every minute of it.
20 | Lore
Lore Perseous is forced to confront her past when two participants of the Agon, a brutal hunt for divine power, seek her help. She is offered an alliance against their mutual enemy and a way to leave the hunt behind forever, but it comes with a deadly cost.
🤩 What I loved about it: This novel is recommended everywhere for a reason. Lore is such a strong character and the found family aspect makes this book perfect for me.
21 | The Diviners
Evie O’Neill is sent to New York City in 1926 to live with her Uncle Will. She discovers that her supernatural power could help catch a serial killer. Along the way, she meets Memphis, Theta, and Jericho, all of whom have secrets of their own, while something dark and evil is lurking in the shadows.
🤩 What I loved about it: I don’t see this book recommend a lot and it needs to be! I loved the plot line and the characters were so fun to read about.
22 | Throne of Glass
Celaena Sardothien is a beautiful, deadly assassin summoned to a castle to win her freedom by competing against 23 other killers, thieves, and warriors. However, an evil force is present in the castle and Celaena must fight for survival and root out the evil before it destroys her world.
🤩 What I loved about it: The whole throne of glass series is a slow build of a found family and it is a great beginner high fantasy book to start out with.
23 | Divergent
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose between staying with her family and being her true self, a decision that leads her to undergo a highly competitive initiation process that tests her physical and psychological limits. Along the way, she must determine who her true friends are and keep a secret that could save or destroy her.
🤩 What I loved about it: You may have already read this back in the day but it is still a great found family trope book recommendation. Beatrice ends up leaving her family behind and forging a new family in unexpected ways.
What are your thoughts on the best books with the found family trope?
All of these books have a special place in my heart and I hope you enjoyed these found family trope book recommendations! If you never have read this trope before I recommend you start with one of these books.
I love reading books with this theme so if I missed any great ones comment below with your favorite book with the found family trope! I always need more books to add to my TBR.
Happy reading! 📚