5 book characters who would make great mothers.

Honestly, it was hard to pick a topic for today. I feel like parents are usually not in the spotlight in YA. And actually, the textbook for the YA class I took in college actually said that parents must be somehow be cast aside for the story to unfold. (Which I think is really stupid.) So today I’m not talking about actual mothers in YA, but characters that would make good mothers.


Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme: mother’s day freebie
My theme: Characters Who Would Make Great Mothers

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Margot // To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Margot is not the main character of this book, and I know that she gets on the nerves of a lot of readers, but I kinda like her. Or at least, I understand her. She’s the eldest of three daughters, and their mother passed away when they were pretty young. Margot had to take on the responsibility of keeping the family on solid ground, which showcases her great maternal instinct.

Winter // The Lunar Chronicles
Winter never really knew her real mother and was raised with pretty much the evilest woman alive as a stepmother. But somehow, she still grew up to be so caring and giving. She would do anything for another person. She has little regard for herself; she just wants to do what is best for others.

Puck // The Scorpio Races
Similar to Margot, Puck lost her parents at a young age. She’s not the eldest child, and she still has a lot of growing up to do herself, but she’s willing to make sacrifices for her family.

Violet // A Series of Unfortunate Events
Okay so honestly I’ve only read the first book, but when the Baudelaire children lose their parents to a fire, Violet (and Klause) do a good job of taking care of Sonny and keeping each other together. Plus she’s an inventor…so DIY projects galore.

Wendy // Peter Pan
(I know the last chapter of this book is all about how Wendy grew up, but I don’t like to acknowledge this.) I mean, Peter basically stole Wendy away so that she could be the mother of the Lost Boys, so she’s obviously good at it. But I think her adventures in Neverland would make her an even better mother. She’s practical and logical, but she is also imaginative and adventurous. You need a bit of both.

currently listening to: 26 by Paramore

Tell me if you agree/disagree with any of these!
Which book character do you think would make a great mother?
Also Happy Mother’s Day if you’re a mother! (I’m only a dog-mom myself.)


  1. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
    May 17, 2017

    Awww you’re right, Wendy would make such a great mom!! I don’t think I’ve ever actually read the original book version of Peter Pan… I should really do that! He was always one of my favorites when I was younger <3

    1. Emily Seals
      May 17, 2017

      I really loved it as a kid. I went through a whole phase. The book devastated me. I’m not sure how it would hold up if I read it now, but it was great for 12-year-old me.

  2. Rissi
    May 17, 2017

    “…parents must be somehow be cast aside for the story to unfold.”

    …HUH!? I’m with you. This doesn’t make sense.

    I’ve not read Jenny’s ‘Boy’ books (well, I did start book one!), but can see one of the characters in them being a good mother figure. Wendy, in some sense is a mother when she travels to Neverland. And like a mother, she wisely realizes she and her brothers cannot remain.

    What a fun twist on this week’s topic, Emily! I love it.
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  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    May 17, 2017

    I definitely think Winter would be a great mother. She’s got such a kind and compassionate nature and you can really see her just being a natural at it. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3
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    1. Emily Seals
      June 6, 2017

      Thanks, Zoe. 🙂 I’m hoping someday we’ll get a flash into the future of The Lunar Chronicles, like 10-20 years from the current timeline to see how everything turned out.


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