"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one." -- novelist C.S. Lewis
Nedjie Thompson, 17, believes that a guy and a girl can just be best friends with no feelings.
“Having a girl as a friend and having a guy as a friend have their pros and cons,” says Thompson, who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. “Some girls can have better connections with other girls, since they have someone to talk to about the same thing, and maybe they can relate more to you. Still, having a guy as a friend can be helpful because they can actually listen and everything you talk about is new to him.”
There are girls who think that they cannot have friends of the same gender since they may be jealous. Others think that a friendship between a guy and a girl cannot exist, that one may catch feelings for the other.
Kristiana Mbrice has a best friend who is a girl.
“Since my best friend is the same gender as me, and I have never had a boy best friend, I would say that stronger friendships exist between two people with the same gender,” says Mbrice, a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy.
Wendy Zheng, a junior at the O’Bryant, says that she’s had best friends who are guys and best friends who are girls.
“When you are sad and you just want to talk about your emotions and other things that are bothering you, your girl friends always will support you and talk you through,” says Zheng.
Meanwhile, she says, “Some guys are trustworthy and they could keep secrets.”