It’s my dad’s birthday today (happy birthday, Daddy Lipsy!), which got me thinking about my favourite dads or father figures in YA.
I actually tried to do this feature with mums on Mother’s Day but could hardly come up with any! I’m pleased to say I had more success with dads.
Jack Peak – She is Not Invisible
This one is fresh in my mind because I finished the book earlier in the week (review will be up tomorrow). I absolutely love Marcus Sedgwick but I was worried about SINI because it’s such a departure for him. I needn’t have worried of course. Considering Jack isn’t actually in most of the book, due to being missing, he made a big impact. We get to know him through his daughter Laureth who decides to go and find him in New York.
There were so many things that I loved about Jack, but I think my favourite was that always treated his kids like equals, like adults. He never talked down them, or thought they were incapable, and he trusted them and valued their opinions.
He’s also slighty mad. I think all the best dads are!
Mo Folchart – Inkheart
Both characters are grieving over the disappearance of Meggie’s mum but it only seems to make them stronger.
And, in the words of Dianne Tanner: HE COULD READ CHARACTERS OUT OF BOOKS SO THEY ARE ALIVE IN REAL ACTUAL LIFE !!!!! BEST SUPER POWER
He also passed on his love of books to Meggie, even if he won’t read aloud to her anymore…
Shalom Singer – The Selection
He’s the only one who didn’t push her into entering The Selection despite how much it could help their family.
He also turns out to be pretty badass.
Charlie Swan – Twilight
So yeah, he might be a bit overprotective as far as boyfriends go but who can blame him, his daughter is seeing a vampire with control issues. Compared to Edward he’s like the mellowist guy ever.
He doesn’t lurk, or pry, and he’s always off fishing. Party Time!
He’s also totally hot, right? RIGHT?
This series is full of great father figures, from Stephanie’s actual father, to her late grandfather Gordon who still manages to help her out when she’s in a pickle, and then of course there’s Skulduggery.
I love how Skulduggery and Stephanie’s relationship develops through the series. They’ll literally do anything for each other.
Plus, who wouldn’t want a sarcastic skeleton detective as a father figure!?
He’s also not happy about Stephanie/Valkyrie dating a vampire. Note to self: Dads are not a fan of vampire boyfriends.
You’ll Do Too…
Shout-outs also have to go to Luke in The Mortal Instruments (Werewolf Dad), and Jeb in The Host (bad-ass free-thinking Dad).
Who did I miss?