Much of young adult literature ignores parental figures — they’re often inconvenient to the plot of the story, which is why so many YA novels are set in boarding schools or feature orphaned protagonists. When they do play a part in the story, it’s often a source of conflict. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m looking at some of the complicated relationships with mothers as portrayed in young adult literature.
Since YA lit is about coming of age and gaining independence, it makes sense that many plots are predicated on tension with parents. Teens are trying to forge their own identity, which often means rebellion. The best stories are built on a foundation of conflict, and for young adults, that means the main characters are at odds with people in positions of authority, including parental figures. Continue reading Mother-Child Relationships in Young Adult Literature