Happy Father’s Day, friends! Today is the day to celebrate all of the wonderful fathers out there and since this is a site where we also recognize fictional peeps, I thought it would be fun to share my fave dads in YA. Not gonna lie, it was a little difficult to find five since — let’s be honest — we don’t really get a great list of amazing parental figures to choose from in Young Adult lit. However, there are some great people that I feel should be acknowledged since they made us laugh and gave the loveliest of advice that I will forever keep with me!
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the cool dads of YA !!
1. Mr. Edwards
Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson
Mr. Edwards will FOREVER be my favorite YA dad because even though he was fighting cancer, he always had a smile on his face and was there for his kids. He had many great life advice and was honestly the coolest whether he would take his daughter Taylor (hah name twin!) to a bagel shop when she was feeling emo or playing her some of his classic records when she was also feeling down. Honestly, I would solely recommend this book to people JUST because of him being an amazing character to read about!
2. Mr. Covey
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han
Mr. Covey was fr such a cool guy and was also veeery entertaining. I truly respected the man since he basically raised his three girls alone after his wife died and that is something that I can imagine being super challenging. He always made light out of dark situations and I thought it was so cute when he would sometimes offer to help Lara Jean with her baking. Overall, a sweet dude and I loved his little side romance Han threw in there.
3. Andy and Nathan Nolan
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins
These guys were literally the cutest dads IN THE WORLD. Even though they were a bit strict at times when it came to Lola dating (totally granted tho since she was with a total douche canoe), overall they were a lot of fun! Like the other dad’s, they were always there for Lola and totally knew when she needed a hug and some advice during her rough patches. They definitely had the whole “good cop”/”bad cop” vibe going too which made everything so much more entertaining!
4. Mr. Winters
Royals, by Rachel Hawkins
Mr. Winters may have not had the strongest appearance in the book compared to these other dads but I SWEAR whenever he was in a scene, he stole the entire show! He is literally your ideal father full of all the dad-jokes and lemme just say, he can always lighten up an awkward moment — and there are A LOT of those among the high society peeps in this book. Also, this guy is a former musician so you can definitely look forward to hearing about all of his adventures on tour (which are hilarious!).
5. Mr. Bennet
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
I think Mr. Bennet is one of those unsung heroes of fictional dad’s and even though he isn’t a YA father I knew I had to include him. I mean, he WAS a main reason why Lizzy wasn’t forced to marry Mr. Collins and was always there for a good comic relief compared to his headache-causing wife. Even though he also wasn’t in too many scenes, I always loved the ones he was in because he really respected his daughter’s wants (Lizzy’s a bit more since she was a fave of his) and I just love how well he knew his family. He’s such a chill dad and one that I would like to have if I was living in the early 19th-century!
Have you read of any of the dads I mentioned? Who are some of your favorite fictional fathers? How about least favorite? (i’m sure that could be answered pretty easily with all those daddy-issues books ahaha). I hope you are all having a wonderful Father’s day! Until next time,
Happy Reading! ♡