Single parents often have to do double the work, and sadly there aren’t many YA books out there that show the relationship between single parents and their children. If parental love is something you’re looking for, here are six books with awesome single parents who might make mistakes but ultimately want what’s best for their children.
Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release Date: November 1 2016
Colby is done with romance. After her almost girlfriend dumped her for a guy, she swears off the entire endeavour. That promise gets tested when she saves a dog after a car accident, and it thrusts her into the path of an intriguing and shy girl from school.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 6 2016
Alex is the first encantrix in her family in generations, but she’s terrified of her powers. She feels as though they are to blame for her father leaving when she was young, and wants nothing to do with them. When she tries to get rid of them during her Death Day party, however, things go horribly wrong, and she finds herself on a desperate journey to the fabled land of Los Lagos to rescue her family from the dark force that threatens to kill them all.
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: March 1 2008
Clary Fray only wanted to go to art school. But one day, her world gets turned upside down when she finds out that her mother has been keeping a life-altering secret from her for her whole life. With demons, vampires, werewolves and shadowhunters populating her life, Clary has to learn to navigate her new world.
The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: April 1 2007
Cammie’s mother is the head of the exclusive Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. And though on the outside, the school looks like any other all-girls institute of education, the girls at Gallagher are all being trained in the art of being a spy.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: July 3 2010
Katniss lives with her mother, her younger sister Prim (and Prim’s cat) in District 12. But when her sister gets chosen for that year’s deadly hunger games, Katniss volunteers to go in Prim’s place. What follows are a series of harrowing events that test Katniss’ strength, endurance, and belief in the human race.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Release Date: July 1 2001
Mia Thermopolis grew up like any other child to an artistically inclined single mother in New York: she went to school, she hated public speaking, and the boy she had a crush on didn’t even know she existed. But everything changes for Mia the day she finds out her father is an honest-to-god Prince… and she’s the Princess of Genovia.