7 best books with the best dads in literature

Father’s day is approaching fast, and there are many ways to celebrate the great labor that many great fathers have done for us! My father was funny, sometimes too much, and was a workaholic, but he is also intelligent, compassionate, accepting, and always knows the right thing to say.

Being a father is a difficult task, and nobody is born knowing how to be one or raise children. They don’t prepare you for that in school. However, I consider it mandatory to consider a dad to be AMAZING if they are accepting and compassionate, so let’s check these dads who are amazing literature das!

Indivisible by Daniel Aleman

Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they’re hard workers and good neighbors. When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE. Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he’s forced to question what it means to be an American.

Pa is simply one of the most supporting fathers in literature. He knows his son is gay. He has defeated the walls of toxic masculinity, and he knows what matters: to love and protect your family. They moved into the States to give a better life to his family, and although he faces deportation, he always has the well-being of their kids before anything else. Check my review and interview with the author about this amazing title.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

How can he not be a good dad if he takes his son through America to find a safe place while protecting him? The only thing that keeps them alive is hope and love for each other. A father protecting his kid at all cost after the apocalypse hit the world? If that is not a great dad, I do not know what you consider a great dad.

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

There are many reasons to read this novel, and one of them is for the amazing father that Benji has. Benji’s dad had one thing in mind, protect Benji. He was accepting even after coming out as trans, and after he realized that the cult was simply a living hell on Earth, he realized that he had to protect Benji even if it means to put his life on the line. Incredibly diverse, this novel promises nighters and the hope of having great dads like Benji’s.

Check my full review on this debute novel here.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls–is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.

What else is there to say about David Sheff? He never gave his back to Nic. He fought his insecurities and fears to fight for his son. He was there and found a way to pull Nic out of the claws that threaten to end his life. What drove Nic to this path? But more importantly, who drove Nic out of it?

Between the World and Me by a-Nehisi Coates

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. A father is preoccupied for his son and the world that he is living. He shares his wisdom with the attempt to help him through the violent world we live in.

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

I know about the controvery of this book and the author, but I cannot help think about the amazing dad Elio had. Samuel is just so smart and so keen to understand his son’s feelings and desires. He never judged him. He never closed his door nor questioned Elio’s feelings or actions. He guided him, and he helped him find peace in his broken heart.

Yes, he should have questioned Oliver and done something about it, but the point here is that he never censored Elio. Visit this book free on Kindle Unlimited and even know more about Samuel and his live also on Find Me also available free on Kindle Unlimited.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

I read this years ago, and I still recommend it to anybody who wants an amazing story about WWII, resilience, and parental love. Marie-Laure has her father who did everything in his power to protect her from the nazi invasion, but he also teaches her about nature and how to love it. However, Marie-Laure is lucky enough to have a second father figure, her uncle. He also teaches her valuable lessons like fighting for her freedom and how to be a revel while still staying safe.

Read my old review here.

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