Last Mother’s Day, I wrote about mother-daughter relationships in YA and thought it only fair that I write a Father’s Day post also. I have previously mentioned how there is often a lack of good parent-child relationships in YA – the parents are either deceased, MIA or have a bad relationship with their child. Again, it was tricky coming up with a number of books which I have read that feature father-child relationships; I have managed to compile a short list and feel free to let me know of books that aren’t on my list.
- Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – What sort of Father’s Day list would this be without Atticus Finch? TKaM is one of my favourites! I’ve always thought that if there were more people like Atticus Finch, then the world would be a better place.
- .Will Wests’ dad from The Paladin Prophecy (Mark Frost) – I read this book a while ago, which I was given in a pile of books that I received from my generous friend Asti and I loved it – well, its been a while, as I said, but I remember loving it. The third installment will be published in September of this year and it feels like its taken for EVER! What I remember is that I loved the characters – they each had their own personality. What I also remember is the list that Will’s dad developed to deal with any situation in life and this is something that he and his father shared. They are a list of rules Will lived by and they helped him survive – it was almost like he always had a piece of his dad with him. From what I remember – I suffer from book amnesia – his dad wasn’t perfect, but no-one is; he, along with his wife kept a big secret from Will, but they were trying to protect him.
- Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin) – Ooh, a second classic on my list. It has been sooo long since I read this book and I remember the movie more…but how different can they be? Right? What I recall is that Mr Bennet was way less overbearing than his wife, Mrs Bennet and was sweet in that he cared about what Elizabeth wanted. A father whom isn’t controlling and actually cares about what his daughter wants is a winner in my books.
- Ben and Cillian from the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy (Patrick Ness) – I’m so glad I got to include a Ness book. After Todd’s parents died, Ben and Cillian raised Todd. Although not his biological parents, they were the closest Todd had to parents. He always got on better with Ben, but Cillian although he had trouble showing it, loved Todd and made a huge sacrifice for him. They couldn’t tell Todd everything for fear of someone finding out, so had to keep some secrets but I loved how Ben loved Todd as his own and did his best to guide him.
- Hans from The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) – Hans is Liesel’s foster father and he is a caring and sweet man. I love their relationship and this. Book. Made. Me. Sob. He teaches her to read and buys her books when he can afford it – so of course he makes the list.
Happy Father’s Day to everyone celebrating tomorrow!