Mother’s Day is the celebration of the woman who supported you, saved you, and loved you unconditionally. Unfortunately the mothers below didn’t quite make the grade.
Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson is a Texan, daughter of the Miss Teen Beauty Pageant’s coordinator, and overweight. She has best friend issues, boy issues, mommy issues but she decides to honor her aunt by entering the pageant.
Madeline suffers from the bubble boy syndrome where she’s allergic to everything and can’t go outside. Her only human contact are her mother and her nurse. One day a new family moves in and she fall in love with Olly.
Bone Gap Illinois is a little town that has gaps where one can fall into and never find their way out. When Roza goes missing and creepy Finn doesn’t help her, the town suspects Finn but Finn suspects a mysterious stranger.
Rani’s father is having an affair and her mother ignores it. Rani is suffering because her father is having an affair and her mother ignores her. Rani finds poetry and live performance a comfort in this realistic fiction novel set in 1990’s Hawaii.
- Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flannery needs a new school book but her unemployed eccentric mother would rather blog about how to be a good parent than actually taking her own advice. When an old friend moves back to town, Flannery falls in love but soon finds out he has big problems of his own.
- Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Katie is in love but she’s not ready to confront it and she can’t confide in her mother because her mother’s too consumed by her mentally disabled brother as well her Katie’s grandmother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. Katie soon finds out that her mother may not know how to be nurturing because of all the issues her mother had with Katie’s grandmother.
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
Vivi has decided that she doesn’t need to take her meds and her mother acts like she cares but she’s never around. When Vivi meets Jonah, she not only finds love but a new family but she could ruin it if she doesn’t take her medication.
Nora is graduating and has no plans. Her mother expects her to take care of her younger brother who steals, abuses her and her mother, and might be on drugs. Instead of seeking help for her brother, Nora’s mother makes excuses for his behavior which escalates the situation and it doesn’t help that everyone is scared of the serial killer in the city.
-Dawn Abron is currently reading: The Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner