Today is Father's Day and whilst everyone everywhere is paying homage to the father figures in their lives, I wanted to compile a list of my favourite father figures in YA lit. Often, parents in YA fiction can be dysfunctional and, in particular, father's are often portrayed as the parent who pushes the child forward into achieving goals or an alcoholic abuser, or sometimes the father is just a donor figure that the child never knew. Whilst these aspects make for dramatic storylines, it's sometimes nice to have a healthy, good father figure in YA lit and so I'm appreciating those characters in this post as a way to say 'thank you' to my own father for always supporting me and being the best father I could ever hope for.
1. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
My Life After Now is perhaps the only YA book I know that features a two-father household. The book combines the two father's memory of the 1780's AIDS crisis with their teenage daughter's contraction of HIV and showcases the kindness and compassion of both parents.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Let's be honest, all of the parents within this book are pretty amazing but Dante's father takes the gold this time. Hilariously funny whilst being warm and loving, Sam is the father figure we all admire.
3. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Vera and Ken Dietz may just be the loveliest father-daughter relationship I've ever read. Whilst they don't always get along (who does?!), there's definitely a deeper bond there beneath the surface that is admirable to all.
What father relationships do you admire within YA fiction?