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13 Squads in YA, Definitively Ranked

I’m ranking our favorite friendship squads in YA. Why? Because I can.


13. The Football Team



12.The Crew From Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Okay, so this series is less ‘series’ and so far more like two tightly entwined stand-alones. We were first introduced to this friend group in Simon vs. The homo Sapiens Agenda and then got another glimpse in Leah on the Offbeat. And this crew of high-school buddies totally stole my heart from the beginning. And while the drama gets real, they all can band together and forgive each other for their mistakes.


11. The Sophronia Squad



10. The Royal Dream Team



9. The Raven Boys From The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is a term for students at Aglionby, a private school. But these Raven Boys are Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, four students on a quest to discover a long-dead Welsh king, Glendower. Each of the Raven Boys are souls tortured in their own ways, looking for Glendower for their own reasons. But, be real, what is better than a group of angsty, tortured teen boys in a contemporary fantasy tale of magic, love, and loss?


8. The Upper East Side Squad



7. The Diviners



6. Squadron 20



5. The Trifecta



4. The Shadow Hunters From The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

SHADOWHUNTER ARMY, where you at? The Shadowhunter Squad is literally so big, it’s a literal secret international organization dedicated to fighting demons. If thinking of the Shadowhunters as one massive crew is too much, lets break it down to my fave Shadowhunting Squad, the OG team from City of Bones. When Clary and her bff from childhood Simon meet up with Jace and the Lightwoods, the tension is real. But by the end, the crew is tight and ready to fight for the survival of the world itself.


3. The Thief Squad From Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

What can I say about my precious crows? They are a thieving band of beautiful babies who deserve the world. What I love about them is the way their different personalities bounce off each other while their skills come together in a beautiful amalgamation of purloining perfection. They’re funny and badass. What else could you ask for from an Ocean’s 11 style crew in a fantasy world attempting to pull off a seemingly impossible feat?


2. The Court of Shadows



1. The Gryffindor Trio From The Harry Potter Series

I mean, did you think any other dream team would have been able to sit this spot? Look, I know some of you are like, “Excuse me, ma’am. This is a YA list. Harry Potter is a children’s book.” But we all have to realize that by the end of the series, those books could totally qualify as YA. And has there been a more iconic squad than the HP trifecta? I’m not sure there has been or will be again. They’re wizards. They’re warriors. They battled the dark lord multiple times. Like, I think they’ve earned it.