Book Name: Fixing Delilah
Author/s: Sarah Ockler
Publisher, year: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Page total: 320
Date Read: December 7-10 2010
Genre/s: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis/Description:Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.
First line of Book:"Claire?"
Review: A little while after reading Twenty Boy Sumer (which I loved, by the way), I heard Sarah Ockler had another book coming, called Fixing Delilah. As you can deduce from this review, I obviously got it.
I wasn't sure of what it would be like. Okay, I knew it would be about three women and a family secret and an old house. But I wasn't expecting it to be more than that. I should've known better though. After all, it's Ockler we're talking about, right?
As it turns out, this was a great story about self-discovery, romance, family, and strong emotions. The writing was beautiful and sad and... you know, beautiful.
Delilah was a likable girl, even though she made her fair share of mistakes. I love main characters who make mistakes, it makes them so human. Patrick was also very likable. He was so talented and sweet and so cute! I just didn't like the way their romance flowed. So, she goes back, find that boy almost immediately and they hang out and then what? I thought it was so fast - too fast - even though they'd known each other for their whole lives.
I also loved Delilah's mom's evolution. I loved the ending. And I loved the Hannaford girls.
So if you're looking for a great, beautifully written, tear-worthy contemporary fiction, this is for you.