Recently I have been reading some young adult fiction, on the theme of teenage fathers. So far I have the following four books;
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
Baby Father by Joanna Kenrick
Slam by Nick Hornby
Boys don’t cry by Malorie Blackman
Interestingly only one of these books is authored by a man, the rest by women, there may of course be more books about teenage fathers I have yet to discover in which men are authoring the narratives. Young adult fiction offer appears quite hard hitting (especially Malorie Blackman’s work) and the authors don’t shy away from the topic or other social issues in their presentations of the difficulties of life as a teenage father. It is however interesting that authors have chosen to write on this topic, particularly given the underrepresentation of portrayals of young men who are fathers in wider social life. It is suggested that “Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West” and perhaps this can be seen to be true of the young adult novel about teenage fathers; society often seeks to obscure either from view, or alternative views about young men who are fathers, and fiction then has the freedom to countenance just that.