In honor of Father's Day, I'm making my list of the best dads in YA. This is totally objective, and feel free to make your own and share it with me!
Ben O'Malley from the Sense Thieves trilogy by Corrine Jackson
Ben is an all-around amazing dad. At the beginning of the first book, he finds out about Remy, the daughter he never knew existed, and takes her in with open arms after her mother dies, despite the fact that he's now married and has another daughter. Ben will do anything for his family, and proves it time and time again.
Shalom Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass
This guy rocks. He supports America in everything and doesn't question her. He's a kind person who is accepting of everyone, from maids to the prince of his country. He's a talented artist who cares about his family above all else.
Thomas from Splintered by A.G. Howard
Okay, it does take him some time to come around, but once his character develops more, he's a pretty cool dude. He really cares about Alyssa, and tries to do what's best for her, the only problem is that he doesn't know the full story. I have a strong feeling that he's gonna be a really pivotal character in the final book, Ensnared
Belial from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
This guy is both kick-butt and a complete softie. On the outside, he's a scary, biker-dude, drug dealer, but on the inside, he has a heart of gold. Anna immediately sees that in him, and we've loved him ever since. He doesn't hesitate to protect Anna, and pushes her to be the best she can.
Abe from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Abe is bleeping amazing! He's known as zmey, or the serpent, in Russian. Abe is the kinda guy who goes around with a fedora on, scarves, and a gold earring. He's confident in himself and isn't afraid to blow up a few statues if it means getting his daughter out of prison, which is pretty cool.
Steve Saunders from The Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
At first, one might not think to highly of Steve. He's constantly moving the main character Chloe around, and puts her in a group home at one point. But that's not the full story. Just because he's not always there, doesn't mean he doesn't care. After Chloe goes missing, he puts a million dollar reward out for anyone who has info on her. When they finally reunite, he is accepting of her Necromancer ways and loves her enough to drop his entire life.
What are some of YOUR favorite literary dads?