The amazing parent (s) (they are trying) edition – the contemporary corner

Hello friends, happy Sunday! How was your week? I hope it wasn’t as exhausting as mine was, for sure. I’m glad to be back in this sunny day to talk to you about my favorite genre and throw at your face all of the wonderful books you need to add to your TBR…very gently, obviously.

If I remember this correctly, it was Shar, in my latest recommendations blog posts, that suggested I talk about parents in young adult contemporaries…Obviously, I couldn’t say no to this little challenge because YES, it was SUCH a challenge. It’s already been talked about so many times now, but parents seems to be MIA most of the time in young adult books. If it’s not that shocking in fantasy or sci-fi, I guess it makes me even more confused when they’re not present in contemporaries. I mean, why?!

SOOOO I have some bookish recommendations. It took me quite a while to come up with these books but I did it. They’re here, they might be confused, they are not perfect but they are here, around and their presence is something good. I tried to come up with books with both parents as well but…#hard. So please, if you have suggestions?! Click on the book covers to be redirected to Goodreads.

Say hello to parents in YA books

I couldn’t NOT mention this fantastic contemporary series I just finished reading. Lara Jean is high up there in the cute contemporaries list, for so many reasons: it’s cute and SO relatable, but most of it all, her dad is present, accounted for and such a great figure in her life.

 

Big families filled with joy (and struggles), children’s screams and everything else?! FINALLY this happened in this lovely contemporary I read quite a while ago now. The Garretts, a full family with mother, father and tons of brothers and sisters, was so much fun to read about, and so refreshing .If a love story is at the heart of the book, families definitely play a big wonderful part in this as well.

 

I think that Aristotle and Dante is bound to be on any list talking about parents, because here, there are pretty awesome ones – especially Dante’s, whose I fell in love with at first sight. But what’s important here is that there are two sets of TWO parents, in love and everything, which happens basically NEVER in young adult contemporaries. Plus, they are always here, serving the story, which I loved.

 

Two parents again, yes! In this story, Solomon is agoraphobic and doesn’t get out of his house at all. It’s all about his mental illness, obviously, but about forging new friendships, overcoming obstacles you never thought possible, and so much more. But I’m here to say that, added to all of these awesomeness, Solomon has incredible parents (and one fun grandma) that are here, present, accounted for, and a lot of fun as well. YAY!

 

This book is a bit less-known than the previous ones I think, however it definitely deserves to be mentioned as I LOVED IT SO MUCH (and I cried like a baby). In this story about social media, anxiety, college, friendships and everything else, Allison has such an amazing father. Okay. It’s an adoptive father, but it does count. Their relationship in the book was explored, developed and evolved as the story goes on and my heart loved it all the more for that.

πŸ“Β  For more YA contemporary recommendations, check out my previous posts in the series:

Did you read any of these books? Do you have any favorites with great parents? I’m REALLY missing these so feel free to recommend me some books! πŸ’¬

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74 thoughts on “The amazing parent (s) (they are trying) edition – the contemporary corner

  1. Ahhhhhh YAY! This was such a great post! I feel like parents in YA are SO neglected and I don’t really understand why because they’re so so important in your life especially as a teenager??? So thank you for writing this list! I’ll definitely check out all of these books!

    I 100% agree with the dad from 180 Seconds!!! I forgot his name but he was my favourite character in the book! He was always so supportive even thought it took Allison a while to open up to him and it was so great to see their relationship develop! ❀️

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much, Jackie! ❀ ❀ I'm so glad you agree. I am always looking for more books where parents are actually there, they are such a big deal in a teenager's life and I don't get how they are just put aside in so many books :/
      YES! Oh I'm so glad you read 180 seconds as well, it was such a lovely book and Allison and her father's relationship was SO great ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  2. i love ari, dante and lara’s parents! they are incredibly present throughout the series, and actually have connection and communication with their children. another amazing parents is leo’s parents from windfall. even though alice is not their biological child, they love her and leo equally and again, they communicate with each other. amazing list marie!

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    1. Ohh, I haven’t read Windfall yet but it is on my TBR, I’m so glad to hear it has amazing parents, it makes me even more impatient to read it πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, Tasya ❀

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  3. Omg YES YES YES TO ARI AND DANTE! One of my favorite contemporaries, one reason being because of the amazing parents! I want parents like Ari and Dante’s (not that my parents aren’t wonderful! ❀). And totally for the Lara Jean trilogy! Her dad is so great. I’d also say Simon Vs. has some good, supportive parents as well, and I’ll have to check out Highly Illogical Behavior!

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    1. Right?! Ari and Dante’s parents are SO cool and it was so refreshing to see parents present and everything in the story. It’s way too rare. It makes me sad.
      Ohh yes, can’t believe I didn’t think of Simon vs. while writing this post!
      Highly Illogical Behaviour was such a great book, I hope you’ll read it sometime πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much May ❀ ❀

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  4. Yay! I love finding new books with strong parental representation in YA! I loved the first two Lara Jean books and I’ve also read My Life Next Door! That was super fun and I can see how she fell for the whole family… Boy do we need more books like these! I think a lot of kids have more than 1 parent so I don’t understand why we don’t show it more. It’s a diversity issue I think just the opposite of my diversity problems (for once!) 180 seconds sounds so good! I love adoption stories even if it is a side issue (like in The Problem with Forever)! Super post, I love these πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Oh yay, that’s great! I’m so glad you read and loved these books, Dani πŸ™‚
      180 seconds was such a lovely book – I hope you’ll read it someday and love it as much as I did! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  5. I love this post Marie, and the books you picked for it as well. ❀ I really enjoy reading strong and loving family dynamics and I see them more in contemporary than I do fantasy and sci-fi, kind of for an obvious reason like you mentioned. πŸ™‚
    My Life Next Door is one of my favourite contemporary books when it comes to family relationships, the Garrett's are just so loud and chaotic but you can't help but fall in love with them can you?
    I haven't read 180 Seconds but it's on my to-read list, hearing there's a great father/child relationship between Allison and her dad just makes me all the more excited to get around to it, and of course I loved the family relationships in the others books on your list this week as well! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Beth! ❀ I agree, can't help but fall in love with the Garrett's family, they're just so…well, they felt so real! πŸ™‚
      I hope you'll get to read 180 seconds someday, it was such a great story, I loved it so much ❀
      Thank you so much, Beth! ❀

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    1. Ohhhh really? Great minds think alike for sure! πŸ˜€ I’ll go check out your post right away, I am in need of all of these recommendations for sure πŸ˜€
      I agree, the whole family in To All The Boys is adorable. I love them so much ❀
      Thank you for your comment! ❀

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  6. I loved the Garretts so much, I wanted them to adopt me. That house was filled to the brim with love. And like seriously, Simon was such a beautiful creature. I loved him so much! I think YA parents are getting better. I Believe in a Thing Called Love, If I Stay, Everything All at Once, Letters to the Lost all had great parents, and where the parents are not great, I am seeing great surrogate parents (awesome grandmothers, for example).

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for all of the recommendations, I need to check out these books for sure! πŸ˜€ ❀
      And yes, I wanted to be part of the Garrett's family as well, they were just so great ❀

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  7. I love when parents are part of a story! (and thanks for giving me another reason to read Highly Illogical BehaviourI really like the parents in Night Swimming, the mum in Looking for Alibrandi and The Intern, and Salvador’s dad in the Inexplicable Logic of My Life

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  8. Great parents are so nice to read about! THere’s also an amazing parent in The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (actual quote: ‘Some people collect stamps. I collect 17 year old kids’ (which is actually what happens haha) READ IT). And Lara Jean’s father is so nice! I haven’t read the other books yet but they sound good.
    I really especially want to read My Life Next Door because I have 3 siblings, which isn’t as many but I get the ‘chaos, kids running around’ especially when my sis has friends over or when I go to my friend’s house (she’s the oldest of 6 kids). Great post, and thank you for the recommendations!

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    1. OH YES, I have read and LOVED The Inexplicable Logic, it was really goo,d I loved the dad so, so much! ❀ ❀
      You're so welcome, I hope you'll read MY Life Next Door, it is such a great book with an awesome family πŸ™‚

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  9. I loved Ari & Dante not just for the story but also for their parents. They are wonderful and a breath of fresh air. Like you said, you don’t see a lot of parents in YA contemporary, let alone two sets of two parents who’re actually happy together. I’m also really looking forward to reading Highly Illogical Behaviour someday. I’ve heard it has great representation and it’s nice to see the parents are present too πŸ™‚

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    1. Agreed. I did NOT appreciate that. But the family was so great and it was cool to see them featured and have such a good place within the story πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Hannah ❀

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  10. Thanks for this list! I love reading books with strong parental presence because I can relate to them on a deeper level. And it’s also just really nice to see the parents guide their children and be there for them. Ari and Dante is probably my favorite book where the parents are a big part of the story. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” has been on my tbr for the longest time! I’m always hearing about that series so I must read it soon.

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    1. Oh I hope you’ll be able to read To All The Boys soon – it is such a cute series and the main character is so relatable and so, well, I grew fond of her because she felt so real. And her dad is just SO great πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Shouni! ❀ ❀

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    1. Oh yes, The Fault In Our Stars, parents were pretty great in that one ❀ ❀ Thank you so, so much, Aimal, I hope if you read these books, that you'll enjoy them πŸ™‚

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  11. highly illogical behaviour is my next read, so i’m happy that this book does have amazing parents and family! anything could happen, by will walton, is another book with great family relationships. even though it’s a more underrated read, i still recommend it for how cute the parents dynamic was. and, of course, ari & dante! i really love that benjamin alire saenz always adds this element into his books; i feel like it really allows young people to realize that parents are also real people, with real feelings, and they’re not going to be perfect forever.

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    1. Ohh yay! I hope you’ll enjoy it, Lais, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it ❀
      Thank you for the recommendation, I haven't heard of Anything could happen before so I'll check it out for sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much ❀ ❀

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  12. Lovely post! I know right, I’m always so confused when there aren’t parents in YA books, especially contemporary books, it doesn’t make sense at all! The only book I’ve read on this list is My Life Next Door and oh my gosh yes, I LOVED the family aspects! Another series that has very involved/awesome parents is the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. I LOVEEE the parents – they’re utterly hilarious, very involved in the protagonist’s life and they’re a very close family which I LOVE reading about as I’m extremely close to my family. Wonderful post! πŸ™‚

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    1. OH thank you so much, Kyra, I’m so glad you liked this post! πŸ™‚ Ohhh I have heard good things about Geek Girl, definitely need to put that one on my radar πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for the recommendation! ❀

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  13. Wonderful topic!! I love good parent figures in contemporary- I don’t really care so much in other genres, but in contemporary it’s a *must* for me that there’s at least one decent adult! I love love love the dad in To all the boys!! Aristotle and Dante had great parental figures too. And I recently read 180 seconds- and man the dad in that turned my heart to mush!! πŸ˜€ Love this post!! ❀

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    1. Ohh, I haven’t read these books yet but they are on my TBR. I read and loved Simon vs. and More Happy Than Not by these authors so I’m eager to get to them – even more knowing there are fantastic parents! Thank you so much, Paige! πŸ™‚

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  14. I’d always known there were a disproportionate number of absent parents in fiction, but didn’t understand the extent of the problem until I tried to write a post about the 10 best fathers in fiction novels and had to resort so some fathers that were not so great.

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    1. Right? When I first thought about writing this post, I had a hard time even coming up with a couple of books off the top of my head. Parents are too rare in YA books, it’s sad :/
      Thank you so much for your comment, Jacqueline πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, and family relationships are such an influential factor in people’s lives too.

        I can see why they’re so absent though. Hard to have children go on an adventure when their parents keep reminding them to come home at a certain time. πŸ™‚

        You’re welcome!

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  15. Out of all of these I’ve only read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but definitely agree on that choice. I loved their dad.

    Molly and Arthur Weasley have to be my favourite fictional parents though πŸ™‚ Though I also love Sally Jackson – she’s one great mom.

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