Celebrate Mom the YA Way with These Great Reads!

It’s no secret that in a lot of YA books the parents seem to just . . . disappear. But today we want to give a shout out to all the moms and mom figures in YA books who don’t.

To celebrate Mama’s Day the YA way, we are giving you a pretty little list of YA books to gift your mom or just to read to give you all the feels about how much you love your mama bear. We hope you have a very YA Mother’s Day, and don’t forget to tell a mom or mom figure in your life that she is LITERALLY the best mom in the world.

The Weight of Zero

The Weight of Zero

By Karen Fortunati

This story of loss and grief shows us how powerful a mother’s love can be. While Catherine battles mental illness, her mom’s strength and support is unwavering. Thank you, Mom!

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression borne of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt.

And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict his living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list. This list, combined with the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment, begins to ease Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.

 

What to Say Next

What to Say Next

By Julie Buxbaum

We may not always understand the choices our moms make, but this book shows us that even though we might not agree with them, moms are just trying to protect us!

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

By Cath Crowley

Sometimes aunts make the best mother figures in our lives. In this love story of all love stories, Rose is the cool, fun-loving aunt who is there to help Rachel feel like herself again.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never responded.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes, but it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

How to Love

How to Love

By Katie Cotugno

This one will give you literally all the mama-daughter feels. It shows how many sacrifices moms make for their kiddos. MUST. READ.

Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists, until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. Now, almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

If I Stay

If I Stay

By Gayle Forman

If you need a book that paints a perfect picture of a mom as a guardian angel, this one is for you.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones like staying true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind. Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone except one. And it’s the only one that matters. If I Stay is a heart-achingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

By Meg Cabot

This one is seriously a staple. Mia and her mom are legit GOALS. GOALS, WE TELL YOU! You know what’s up with this one. Plus, shouts to all the g’mamas out there!!

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise. First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the cultural diversity dance?

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

We’re including this one because there is really nothing like Starr and her mom. Their bravery, support, and playful relationship makes us tear up. What a team!

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

We were WRECKED when Hazel’s mom said, “I’ll always be your mother.” Their relationship is complicated and sweet and amazing in all the right ways. UGH. You probably (definitely) already read this, but just wowmomwow.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

What book will you give your mom this Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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