Male Monday


My favorite Father’s Day tribute most certainly has to be Natalie’s series of guest posts over at Multiculturalism Rocks!

‘mI thinking about the role of parents in YA lit and I still think that in POC fiction, dads fare much better than moms. Even when the dads aren’t present, their absence can overpower the story. When they are there, they tend to manage households much better than moms. Perhaps Freud has something to do with this? The following are just a few books with fathers you really shouldn’t miss.

He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Saenz is the story of Ramiro and Jake, two Latinos from two different worlds who have one thing in common: trying to cope with their father walking out of their lives.

How Lamars Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen features a Black father who is raising two sons after his wife died. Each of them is grieving in his own way but the sons need their dad to be strong enough to guide them through issues they’re each having.

Speaking of mothers who have passed away, Rhonda is a Black high schooler in My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson. She has pretty much chosen to seclude herself and focus on her math. Rhonda is very close to her dad, who shares a very important secret with her. Is his love and support enough to help her face her demons?


Borderline by Allan Stratton is the story of Sammy and a father who spends more time working that getting to know his son. Dad knows that he doesn’t like how his son butchered his family name and he wants his son to be more diligent about Islamic practices. Sammy’s world is suddenly shattered when his father is accused of terrorism.

The most unique story of fathering has to be Angela Johnson’s First Part Last. Bobby, the teenage artist and single-parent dad in Johnson’s Coretta Scott King Award winner, Heaven (1998), tells his story here. At 16, he’s scared to be raising his baby, Feather, but he’s totally devoted to caring for her, even as she keeps him up all night, and he knows that his college plans are on hold. In short chapters alternating between “now” and “then,” he talks about the baby that now fills his life, and he remembers the pregnancy of his beloved girlfriend, Nia. Yes, the teens’ parents were right. The couple should have used birth control; adoption could have meant freedom. But when Nia suffers irreversible postpartum brain damage, Bobby takes their newborn baby home. There’s no romanticizing. (from Amazon)

What YA dads would you recommend reading this Father’s Day?

Male Monday is a meme I sometimes borrow from Ari at Reading in Color!

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