"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis
We’ve all heard about the disappearing parent syndrome. We know why parents are not always there in YA lit, and yes, it is difficult to include family members in coming-of-age stories, but truthfully, I’m not here to discuss *why* YA books often exclude relatives. I’m here to discuss what makes certain portrayals of families more compelling than others.