The Fathers Who Give Us Literary Love // Top Ten Tuesday


First it was time to celebrate the mothers we love to read about, now it’s time for the fathers. Unfortunately, thanks to a dearth of YA parents, I couldn’t find ten fathers to rave about, but I did find eight – and most of them are Mr. Surname and Protagonist’s Dad, because I’m not too bad at names unless it’s family members, apparently. This post is a little late, which is why I didn’t take the time to google any of these names and you just see who the children are and figure it out from there. Anyway, on to the fathers!


Yeah, everyone in the Garrett family is amazing, including the paterfamilias of the family. He’s had some troubles in his past, but as is often the case, character building has led to him being a pretty great guy as well as dad. No one should ever hurt him – looking at you, My Life Next Door.


How can you not love a guy who meats the famous Harry Potter and immediately asks him for the function of a rubber ducky, and who gets super-excited that his sons drove a flying car because it means it works? I mean, he’s a sweetheart who also does his best to provide for his family – A+ parenting there, good sir.


Just like it was necessary to celebrate the wonder that was the one year Lily Evans had as a mother, we can’t forget about James, who tried to hold off the darkest wizard in history without a wand just so that his wife and child could get away. Seriously, image how great Harry’s life would have been if he had both of his parents – all the alternate universes and theories on Tumblr certainly give me life.

oh my god no but imagine at christmas james potter transforming into a stag and wearing a red nose and prancing around pretending to be rudolph for harry {source}

Do you ever just cry thinking about how proud James would be of Harry’s quidditch playing.


“James, please.”

“MY BABY.” {source}

(note: posts like this is why I have a much-used tag called #be right back too busy sobbing – I got a little misty just looking through it to find these posts)


Ruby Oliver’s parents might make her life harder, but she loves them and they do their best to help their only child deal with her anxiety. Ruby’s dad is the less embarassing one (not that that means he’s a “better” parent or anything), and that makes him a subtler character who might not be as memorable but is just as important to Ruby.


As was the case with Mia’s mother in If I Stay, Denny was the type of great parent who was both cool and entertaining but also seemed like a genuinely good parent, which made it even harder to say goodbye to him at the very beginning of the book. We can just skip the whole premise of the book and pretend that the Hall family all lives happily ever after, right?


Another book with “stay” in the title – this time, Deb Caletti’s Stay. It was my first book by her, and it remains my favorite from her. Clara’s dad isn’t perfect and she learns some secrets about him that strain their relationship, but I loved getting the chance to see a single parent and child working together and trying to build a new life after trauma (in this case, an verbally abusive boyfriend who started stalking protagonist Clara).


We need more queer parents in literature, but Lola’s two dads are a pretty great start. They love her and do their best to reach out to a boyfriend of hers that they don’t like and encourage her great creativity, but they don’t let her get away with everything. It was also nice seeing that Lola’s biological parent wasn’t automatically better than the parents who actually raised her and were there for her all the time, while still acknowledging the complexity of family – her biological mother is one of her dad’s sisters, so she’s technically raised by her uncle and his partner, but they are her fathers 100%, even when she’s mad at them.


I would feel bad about always throwing in Ruby Oliver and The Mediator when it comes to lists, but I’m not really that sorry. Suze’s dad might be dead, and he might not always show up when she calls, but he is still there for her and their relationship makes for a tear-inducing scene at the end of the sixth book – you know the one I’m talking about, and if you don’t, then start reading these amazing books. </done shilling this series once again>


5 thoughts on “The Fathers Who Give Us Literary Love // Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Great list! I featured Arthur Weasley on my list as well! Definitely one of my favorite father figures in literature! I also love the Mediator and Lola and the Boy Next Door and have no idea why they didn’t even cross my mind for this list! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

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