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The Monday Poll: Worst Parent

2012 November 19
by Gretchen Kolderup
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Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week we asked which YA retelling of Pride and Prejudice you liked best, and the votes are in! Coming out on top is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries by Hank Green and Bernie Su with 29% of the vote, followed by Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg with 26% of the vote and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding with 25% of the vote. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

Today we feature a post celebrating teens as caregivers for National Caregivers Month — but what about the caregivers of teens? A few years ago, the New York Times caused a stir with their article “The Parent Problem in Young Adult Lit”, and while it’s not true that YA lit is totally devoid of good parents, there are some terrible ones out there. This week, we want to know who you think is the worst parent in all of YA lit. Choose from the poll below, or leave us a comment if we’ve omitted someone truly odious.

Who's the worst parent in YA lit?

  • Leck from Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (36%, 52 Votes)
  • Jazz's father in I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (21%, 30 Votes)
  • Mrs. Coulter in His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (16%, 24 Votes)
  • Marcus Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth (10%, 15 Votes)
  • Charlie Kahn's father in Please Excuse Vera Dietz by A.S. King (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Sam and Riddle's father in I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Ruby's mother in Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (3%, 4 Votes)
  • The warden from Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Quintana's father (the King of Charyn) in Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

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