It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.
This week’s topic? Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With
I went beyond not clicking with characters. I decided to focus on parents in MG and YA books that upset me. Yes, some had mental health issues or other things going on. But their actions or in some case, inaction, activated my Mama Bear self. I felt protective, seriously protective of their children. I looked deep into my self to make sure I was in no way the kind of parent that they were. Parenting is hard, hard work. The hardest.
In some ways, I wanted to yell at these moms and dads. In some ways I hurt for them. Life is a journey. We all make lots of mistakes. It’s just extra upsetting when our mistakes impact our children.
And to be perfectly clear, I LOVE each of these books. They are well written, must read stories. Many of them are included on my favourites lists. But these parents, oh, sigh.
Albie‘s Dad in Absolutely Almost written by Lisa Graff
“Notice him. Pay attention!” I wanted to say.
Tommy‘s mother in The Paper Cowboy written by Kristin Levine
The unpredictable rage, often directed at Tommy was so hard.
Rose‘s father in Rain Reign written by Ann M. Martin
Rose’s father own anger and pain don’t leave much room for his daughter.
Flora‘s mother in Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo
Quirky and interesting? Yes. Tuned in to her daughter? No.
Astrid‘s parents in Ask the Passengers written by A.S. King
Judgemental. Oblivious. These parents made me so frustrated.
Moon‘s father in Alabama Moon by Watt Key
This father’s choices made his son too vulnerable.
Theodore Finch’s mother in All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
So much pain and this Mom (dealing with her own pain) just didn’t see it.
Gerald‘s parents in Reality Boy by A.S. King
When cameras come into the home . . .
Jaden‘s father in Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner
A talented scientist, yes. Ethical? Hmm. . . not so much
Liberty and Billie‘s Dad in Survival Stories of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Clearly, this father had his own demons and was NOT ready to parent.
Are there some parent characters in books you have read that give you that same feeling?
I agree with the mom from All the Bright Places. I just wanted to scream at her and tell her to pay attention to her kid. My TTT.
Difficult when the parent is so wrapped up in their own pain and sadness they are too oblivious . . .
I haven’t read Reality Boy, but I’m very curious about it!
It’s really wonderful!
I love the direction you took with this list this week. I agree with Finches mother. Just so sad.
Lots of sadness here. What a book!
cool direction in tying in the theme with your interest area! My TTT