Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Happy Father's Day! Who's your favorite dad character in a book and why?Normally I struggle with Follow Friday questions. Maybe it's because I try too hard and spend a lot of time thinking about my answer. This was the easiest yet. Ken Dietz, from Please Ignore Vera Dietz (my review here), is easily my favorite dad in a book.
"My mother did the best she could by herself. Didn't stop me from becoming an alcoholic. Didn't stop me from dropping out of high school and knocking up the seventeen-year-old girl next door. Didn't stop me from wondering what life would be like with a father either. I think losing a parent robs confidence from a kid. With Vera, I'm trying to find ways to teach her how to grown her own self esteem. I'm not sure if it's working, but it's all I have. Because my father left when I was three, I have no idea what a father is supposed to do, so I'm winging it." -Ken DietzKen Dietz tries so damn hard. Yes his views about responsibility are a little strange. He's also an alcoholic. He's imperfect, but that's what makes him a realistic and interesting characters. Vera's mother ran off with another man and Ken is trying to raise his daughter to be strong and independent. He has no idea what he's doing, but he's there and he wants to do what's right. He's honest, poignant and never preachy. Even if their relationship is messy he loves his daughter.
He also makes awesome flowcharts like this one. (You should buy the book for more flowcharts like this!)
(Click picture to view full sized chart)