Ally enviously notes at the beginning of the novel that Shay and all of Shay's friends wear colorful friendship bracelets that Shay made. At this point, Ally sees the bracelets as being indicative of genuine friendship, mutual support, and companionship between Shay and her many friends—something that the lonely Ally is jealous of. However, later in the school year, Ally discovers that Shay is actually selling the bracelets—suggesting that the bracelets actually symbolize false friendship built on fear and manipulation rather than genuine friendship forged through mutual respect and appreciation. The fact that Shay believes that her "friends" need to buy her attention and affection suggests that Shay's friendships are just as shallow and corrupted as her idea of what a friendship bracelet means.
Friendship Bracelets Quotes in Fish in a Tree
Besides that, Shay, Jessica, and some other girls all have these woven friendship bracelets. And I have never had the kind of friends who have matching bracelets, but I have always wanted them. It's like the bracelet tells the world that the person wearing it has someone who cares about them.
“I laugh. “Uh, no, thanks. I'd rather wear handcuffs.”
I can't believe Shay charges her friends for something that's supposed to stand for loyalty and friendship. And I can't believe they paid.