My mother passed away two years ago- and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. I loved her- and still do, but in a different way. These are some books that remind me of her, and why she was so special.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean’s relationship with her mother is perhaps my favorite of the five. With her mother recently dead and older sister off to college, she’s the oldest female in her house. Her bond with her sisters, especially her younger sister, Kitty, is absolutely heartwarming. Not to mention her dad, and how he tries to fill the void Lara Jean’s mother left behind. Their whole family dynamic is just so real and uplifting.
What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle
Ari’s tumultuous relationship with her mentally checked-out relationship mother is tough to swallow at first, but their strong bond over a mutual love is beautifully written. Even if they’re not best friends, Ari’s mother is there when it counts and has her best interests at heart.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude’s grief over her mother is so complex and stunningly written. How she agonizes over every word she said to her mother and how she refuses to be labelled as the “dead mom girl” is brilliant and beautiful. Not to mention how interesting it is to see how different it is from her twin brother Noah’s grief. (Here’s my full review of the book if you’re curious)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue, her mother Maura, and all the women of 300 Fox Way are the epitome of strong female characters who always have each others back. They’re a great example of strong female characters who always have each other’s backs.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris and her complicated relationship with her mother (and how Tris processes her grief over her mother when she dies) was something my mother and I talked about when she was alive. The series was one of the last things I got to share with her. Their relationship was powerful, and I wish Veronica Roth would’ve explored it more.