The Weasleys, the Garrets and 4 other YA families that need to adopt us… like now.

Lisa Heathfield’s stunning ‘Paper Butterflies’ sees struggling protagonist, June, seeking refuge and stability in her friend’s family.

bobs burgers

Blister’s house is fun, warm and everything June’s once was. And we know we would become honorary members in a heartbeat. Here’s some other YA families we’d love to be part of too…1. The Weasleys. Naturally. This big, ramshackle, rowdy household is a warm ball of chaos that we would KILL to be part of.


Plus. Food and woolly jumpers for days.

2. Lola’s dads from ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins. These two may be a tad overprotective, but that’s what makes them so endearing, right? Always supportive, and forever keeping Lola rooted in the real world. They’re funny too!

glee dads

We <3 them.

3. The Garrets from ‘My Life Next Door’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
A house full. This is one BIG family. More organised chaos. But everyone has their own role and part to play. If you’re an only child then reading this book will probs make you ache for a million siblings.

home alone

Or maybe not.

4. The Oppenheimer’s from ‘The Square Root of Summer’ by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. A quirky, heartwarming kind of family unit. Not only is Gottie’s brother a catsuit-wearing LEGEND…

the darkness

…the ties they have with each other, both present and passed, is beautiful.

5. Blue Sargent’s crew from ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater. Another house packed to the rafters with dubious family members and bonkers living arrangements. But it works. And who doesn’t want to experience a family full of clairvoyants?


For a little while, at least.

6. Blister’s family from Lisa Heathfield’s ‘Paper Butterflies’. In this collection of humans, June finds some kind of normality and acceptance and security. It’s everything she wished she had, or still had. A refuge from the shitty situation she’s currently in.

holding hands

It’s painfully beautiful. And as her relationship with Blister and his family grows, you can’t help but fall hard for them. <3

Want to see for yourself? You can get your copy of ‘Paper Butterflies’ right here.

Who are YOUR favourite families from YA? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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