It seems like years ago there were hardly any YA books that featured parents, let along grandparents. Remember the good old days of Gossip Girl and paranormal romance where the protagonists just ran wild/amok with supernatural creatures and their parents were none the wiser (if they were given any page time at all)? I feel like in the past 5 years we’ve seen so much more representation of parents and family systems in YA which is fantastic, but I feel like it’s still somewhat rare to find a YA book that prominently features grandparents.
As someone who’s grandparents played a huge role in my upbringing (and honestly are still in my business lol) I love seeing protagonists who are close with their grandparents, and have slowly started seeing it appear more, especially in books with diverse protagonists (which I can attest to personally as well- my Hispanic grandparents are the ones who were always super involved and it’s definitely significantly culturally driven). I wanted to spotlight a few books that have come out in the first half of 2018 that feature characters with either strong relationships with their grandparents, or who spend a significant amount of the book developing relationships with their grandparents.Do you have other recommendations of YA books that feature grandparents? Let me know in the comments!