Friday, June 15, 2012

Follow Friday - Father's Day


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 Dietz
Ken 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)


43 comments:

booksaremybestfriend said...

I haven't read the book yet.
But it sounds good. I am going to add it to my TBR list.

LibrarySnake said...

I haven't read that one, but it sounds like a good one :)

Hazal said...

Thanks for visiting!

Old follower :)

Aliaa El-Nashar said...

New Follower :)

Haven't heard of him, It sounds interesting though!

Captain Biscuits said...

I haven't read this book but I do think it sounds great.

Here is my FF
Lauren from Northern Plunder

Daniela said...
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Daniela said...

This is such a great answer. I'm adding this book to my to-read list right away because this dad sounds awesome.

Sorry about the first comment btw; I pressed publish before I was done haha. Anyway, I wanted to add that I can totally relate to struggling with FF questions. I think too hard!

Here's my FF.

Daniela said...

Ooh, I haven't read this book before, but I like the sound of it. The dad sounds interesting too. :)

New Follower

Louise said...

Ken sounds like a good dad, I'll have to add Please Ignore Vera Dietz to my TBR.

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Haven't heard of that one! But sounds like he is a good dad!!

Here's my Friday Hops

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

Kimberly said...

That book is definitely going on my TBR list! How awesome that you wrote about someone I'd never heard of. You have some other great book choices on your blog as well - I'm following you via GFC now!

My Follow Friday

Concise Reviews By Michelle said...

returning the visit, Interesting post. :) Thanks for visiting me. (I am already a follower)

Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

Haven't read this book but sounds cool!
Following your blog :)
SeeitORreadit

Cherie Colyer said...

I haven't heard of this book, but he sounds like a great choice.

Thanks for visiting. Old follower. :)

Lindsay Hickey said...

I have not read this one. Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoy reading I my even end up putting it on my TBR at some point.

Thanks and I am new follower

MamaMunky said...

I've never heard of this book, but now I'm definitely going to have to check it out! Love the flowchart. My mom is an alcoholic, so I can relate. :)

Tamara said...

I haven't read this book, but it does sound interesting!

(http://shelfaddiction.weeby.com

Mrs. Jones said...

Wow! Awesome answer!
I havent heard of this book, but i love the way you not only answer the question, but then explain why!! Great job!

New follower!
feel free to come follow me back!!
theresamjones.blogspot.com

Tamara said...

By the way, I'm a new follower. :-)

(http://shelfaddiction.weebly.com)

Liza (Reading with ABC) said...

I haven't read the book, but it sounds truly amazing! A book with flowcharts is up my alley :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I loved Ken. His charts were so cool.
My Hop

Candace said...

Oh man, I forgot about him! That's a great choice and not one I've seen yet!
Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm already following you. :)

tinkerbell the bipolar faerie said...

He sounds like a great pick. Thx for stopping by. New follower.

tinkerbell the bipolar faerie said...

Oops. Old follower ...

Kristina said...

Awesome answer! Hope you have a great weekend!

Kristina
Ladybug Storytime

New follower :)

Olivia Williams said...

Great answer! Haven't heard of this book but it sounds interesting! I will be keeping my eye out for it!

Thanks for stoping by my FF post! I followed :)

Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said...

I haven't heard of this book but it sounds great!

Thank-you for stopping by my FF :)

Sharon @ Obsession with Books

ahandfulofconfetti said...

Any dad that makes flow charts must be awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following via Linky Followers.

~Merin @ Read and Reviewed

Kathryn said...

I've never heard of this book, but sounds awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Lauren B said...

I haven't read this one but it sounds like a great choice.
Thanks for stopping by.

Chi Kittie said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. :) I have never heard of this book but it sounds neat. :)

- Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

Cassi Haggard said...

I can't believe there are so many people who haven't heard of this book. You'll be glad you added it to your TBR pile I promise! It's brilliant.

Thanks everyone for visiting, following & commenting!

MamaMunky: If you review it let me know. I'd be interest to see how Ken reads to you.

Alison: I'm glad you like Ken! I was beginning to think I was the only hopper who knew this book.

Tinkerbell: I always worry that I'm going to say "new follower" when I'm not new on FF. I visit so many blogs that I get confuzzled. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Christina @ Biblio Thoughts said...

I hadn't even heard of that book.
Thanks for stopping by and following! Now following via GFC.

Catie said...

Ahhh, I love Ken Dietz. That flow chart kind of breaks my heart. :( He really does try so hard. Great choice, Cassi. I'm not sure who my pick would be. It might be Matthew Cuthbert, even though he's not really her dad.

Amz said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my post, just returning the favour. Now following.

Megan Monell said...

I've never even heard of this book, but I'm so glad you added that quote. I loved it, so great choice. Thanks for stopping by!

Vanya D. said...

LOL Loved that chart!! I haven't read this book yet, and I'm still wondering whether I want to..

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

Vanya D. @ YA Story Teller

Aspen said...

Dear Cassi,
thank you for stopping by my blog :) I am glad to hear you are a fan of sirius black and curious incident. both were great reads. I haven't read the book you mentioned so I will have to add it to my TBR. I hope you had a good weekend. New follower returning the favor!

Jennifer said...

I haven't read this, but I want to so badly. Ken sounds wonderful! Thanks for visiting and I'm an old follower. :)

Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Kris (Imaginary Reads) said...

Haven't read this book yet, but Ken sounds like a nice dad. He isn't perfect, but he's genuinely trying.

Thanks for dropping by My FF

Aaron Pound said...

I love Please Ignore Vera Dietz. A.S. King is such a good writer.

Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds)

Cayce said...

I haven't read Please Ignore Vera Dietz, but I like to read about real characters.

Thanks for stopping by! Following you back on GFC. :)

Ninette said...

Thanks for the follow! I'll definitely check into this book; it sounds great. Following back!