Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?
I listened to How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr recently. So recently that I haven’t yet posted my review, but the book has two mothers. One is amazing and one is… not, to put it politely. The story focuses on Jill, still grieving over the death of her father, and Mandy, 18 and pregnant, who has decided to allow Robin (Jill’s mom) to adopt her baby.
Robin is selfless and loving and everything a mother should be. She is the kind of person I hope really exists and the kind of person I want to be. Mandy’s mother is not as major a player as Robin, but the few scenes she is in are enough. She is a very broken person who has pushed her insecurities and self-hatred on her daughter. Her parenting skills made my stomach turn. Watching Robin teach Mandy how to love and be loved was my favorite part of the book.
While it was more of a subplot, I also loved Mae and Jaime’s mom in The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. Mae and Jaime have a complicated and strained relationship with their mother, but she loved them and at the end of the day (and the book) she was there for them. Also, I cried, but I won’t tell you why.