Have you purchased your card or polo shirt for dad yet? Father's Day is fast approaching and here are some recommendations for books that are a good (though weird) match for the day. None of these fathers are in the running for a Father of the Year award, but the relationships they have with their children will keep you reading and wanting more.
Split by Swati Avashti A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
Girl, Stolen by April Henry When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book: [real life] by Nancy Rue Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher, forced to go to Florida with the father she thought was dead, finds that his faith, a book that seems to speak to her heart, and new friends help her get control of her ADHD and her life.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.