So. It’s 1am and I have been staring at my ceiling for the past twenty minutes trying to think of some blog posts I can write in November. I have just finished a reread of a favourite series of mine (will be mentioned below) and I thought to myself. Hey, you know what I love in books? The found family trope. And that is how this post began and hopefully, it will become a thing most Thursdays with different topics/tropes etc. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite books with the found family trope.
When we talk about found family, we mean people who are not blood family, but who a person forges deep and meaningful bonds with based on things like shared values, mutual care and support, understanding, unconditional love, and positive regard.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
“I would take all of you anywhere with me.”
So this is the series I am currently rereading and which inspired this post. When I think about these books, the plot pales in comparison to my love for The Gangsey which is made up of Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan and Noah. Together they epitomise the Found Family trope with their love, respect and dedication to each other. Of course there are romances amongst them, but it is their dynamics as a whole that just hit me in the heart every time.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“They don’t know who we are. Not really. They don’t know what we’ve done, what we’ve managed together. So let’s go show them they picked the wrong damn fight.”
Imagine I rocked up to this blog post and didn’t include my Dreg children when talking about the Found Family trope. Made up of Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias and Nina (and Kuwei of course), these guys just go through a lot of shit together and occasionally want to kill each other but deep down, they sacrificed a lot for each other. They are alike in a lot of ways, they’ve lost a lot of people close to them and through that, they’ve found each other.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Wayfarer Crew
“Tresha. It was the thankful, humble, vulnerable feeling that came after someone saw a truth in you, something they had discovered just by watching, something that you did not admit often to yourself.”
Although the Found Family trope can be found throughout the three books in this series, I’ve decided to choose the Wayfarer crew featured in the book book. You have this crew of very different people, not just their species but their backgrounds, their beliefs, their genders, their sexualities and yet they form this beautiful space family – Rosemary, Sissix, Ashby, Ohan, Dr Chef, Kizzy and Jenks and Lovey. Together, they are the space version of misfits but their relationships transcend the planets they travel through.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn & Harry
“If there are all different types of soul mates, then you are one of mine.”
“I am absolutely positive that I need you more than I’ve ever needed another living soul.”
There’s not much I can say about these two without spoiling this book (but do spoil it for yourself by reading it immediately!) However, I will say that yes, at the heart of this book is romantic and forbidden love but you also find the Found Family trope with Evelyn and Harry. They have a bond, understanding and love that is perhaps deeper than romantic love and it is a friendship that people would dream of having. It’s not something I expected going into the book but it is a pairing that has stayed with me to this day.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Ove & His Neighbours
“You’re the funniest thing she knows. That’s why she always draws you in colour.”
This book came into my head when I thought about this trope as it is a book I have read fairly recently. Ove is a grumpy old man still struggling with wanting to live after the death of his wife. However, one day he is introduced to his new neighbours when they crash into his letterbox. The family consists of Parvenah, Patrick and their small children and despite fighting it, Ove is welcomed into their little family and finds something else to live for after all these years – especially young, hopeful children in his normal black and white world.
What is your favourite example of the Found Family trope?
Lots of Love,