Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Father’s Day Freebie! I decided I wanted to highlight some of the father figures I’ve come to love in books over the years.
I don’t YA books have a bad reputation for absent parents and while that’s definitely deserved for a lot of them, there are books out there with great parents. I’m especially drawn to books with strong father figures because I think a lot of times fathers are pushed to the side and expected to be less of the parent than mothers. And there are also a lot of stereotyped dads in YA books. So when I find books with great father figures, I tend to cling to them. I love reading books where the dads are involved and interested and supportive and all of the things we all hope our dads would be. Or maybe you’re lucky and have one of your own. Either way, I always find it refreshing when there is good rep for dads in books and am always on the lookout for more great father figures in YA books. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Starr’s dad from this book was one of my absolute favorite parts of the story. His love for his family was complete and unconditional. I loved how he supported and protected them.
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: I really loved the relationship between Bailey and her dad. I loved how they worked things out together and how he was always there for her.
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole: While I didn’t love this whole book, Uncle Jasper and the role he played in both Kale’s and Harper’s lives was one of my favorite parts. He was always there for them and always supported them when so many other people in their lives were undependable.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord: Lucy has a lot going on in this book but one of the really good parts was her relationship with her dad and his constant support and love and how she grows to really love and appreciate him as well by the end. I loved them.
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen: Louna’s biological father died when she was two but she had William, who was like family and often gave her the support that a father might. He also offered her emotional support that her mother, who was also great, tended to shy away from as someone who was a bit hardened to emotions.
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas: This is sort of cheating but Keith is pretty much, hands-down, the best father figure in all of fiction. I loved him on the show and was glad to get to see him a little bit more in the books.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: While I didn’t love this book, I did like the family dynamic in this book and the way the girls and the father interacted. I loved how much he loved them, wanted to share their culture with them, and always supported them even if he wasn’t always sure how to raise three daughters.
On the Fence by Kasie West: This is another book with a single father trying to raise a daughter and while he was very clueless, he always loved his daughter and adorably asked his female co-worker for advice on what to do for his daughter. I loved that he tried so hard.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling: Arthur Weasley was a great father, not only to his kids but also to his kids’ friends. Molly was, of course, amazing but Arthur inspired his kids to ask questions and was always there to support them. He tried to be firm with them but ultimately wanted to make sure they had fun and knew they were loved. And I loved that he was there to offer stability for Harry and a happy place for him to escape to.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: Lupin was introduced in this one and easily became one of my absolute favorite characters in the series. He was really the first person to work with Harry simply to help him protect himself and help him become stronger and smarter when challenged instead of wanting him to hide or use him for his own gain. He loved Harry and Harry’s parents and I’ll never forgive Rowling for what she did to him.
Who are some of your favorite father figures you’ve read about?