Chat Between Chapters: Worst Mothers in Literature

May 14, 2017 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 2


  It’s Mothers Day, so let’s chat about the WORST mothers we have read about. You know, we can’t always chat about just the positives, right?

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

The first book that springs to mind with this topic is the horrendous step-mother in Reason to Breathe. She is abusive and horrible and seriously why doesn’t the girl’s Dad see it?

Publishers Weekly has a list of the 10 worst Mothers in books. A similar good point about the step-mothers in Hansel and Gretel.

Also check out this list from Penguin Random House of 16 worst mothers in books!



Dang! Julie always has the good ideas first. I was going to list Reason to Breathe!

Instead, I’ll go with Bernadette from Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Virtual assistant, running away from her family, all-around not good mother.

I found some Goodreads lists as well!

Worst Mothers Ever

Evil Moms!

Narcissistic Mothers


How about you? Any bad moms stand out to you?



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2 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Worst Mothers in Literature”

  1. Livia

    Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford is the only that comes to mind. I’ve only seen the movie adaptation of the non-fiction memoir of how Joan Crawford raised her adoptive kids.

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