Fixing Delilah (Hardback)
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Short Description for Fixing Delilah A story of family, romance, and hope - the second Young Adult novel from Sarah Ockler, author of Twenty Boy Summer.
- Published: 20 January 2011
- Format: Hardback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316052092 ISBN 10: 0316052094
- Sales rank: 259,877
Reviews for Fixing Delilah
3.5 stars. I could've liked this book a lot more. Maybe it's because I've read similar young adult books in the past - I just didn't find this to be very exceptional. There were quite a few issues in this book - mental health, possible suicide, family and romantic relationships, but because there were so many, I felt as though a lot of things weren't looked into in enough detail and only the surface was scratched. I don't feel as though we learnt all that much about Delilah and her family until the very end as again, there wasn't all that much depth. Saying that, I did feel satisfied by the end of the book. I think it just took me a while to get into the story as it all felt quite slow. Unfortunately from the moment I first heard about Casey, I knew what the whole outcome with him would be and so the big twist that wasn't much of a shock or surprise. I thought that was there was a great basis and Ockler does manage to portray the characters and their emotions quite realistically. This was by no means a bad book, but I feel as though it could've been better. by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)
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Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo
Delilah Hannaford's life seems to be falling apart. She used to have good grades, but lately they've been going downhill. Her friends are drifting away, and her "boyfriend" is really a non-boyfriend. And, of course, her mother constantly refuses to talk about the fight that messed up the Hannaford family eight long years ago.
Then, one night after Delilah has sneaked back in to her house and is having yet another fight with her mother, they get a phone call. It is Delilah's aunt Rachel, and she's calling to tell them of Delilah's grandmother's death. The very next morning, Delilah and her mother are packed and on their way to her grandmother's estate to spend the whole summer settling everything. Not her idea of a good time.
Suddenly, Delilah is confronted by the painful past of her estranged family. Everyone in town says she looks like her aunt, who died when she was only 19 years old. All Delilah wants to know is what caused her family to drift apart those eight years ago. Neither her mom nor aunt are willing to discuss it, and no one else in town seems to know anything about what happened.
But everything in Red Falls is not as bad as it seems. Not long after arriving, Delilah runs into the oh-so-attractive Patrick. When they were little, they used to play together during the summer every single day. They were the best of friends and are now reunited. Also, there's a girl named Emily who might just become a very good friend of Delilah's. All in all, this summer spent with the last two Hannaford sisters at her grandmother's estate could end up being the best of Delilah's life - and could actually fix her.
From the beginning of this book I was sucked in. Delilah seemed like such a troublemaker at first, and I wanted to understand what caused her to be that way. And as soon as the family fight was mentioned I was dying to know what happened! I loved all of the characters, especially Delilah and Patrick. From the moment they lay eyes on each other again, you can tell a summer romance is soon going to blossom.
Sarah Ockler has a way with words that just kept me not wanting to put the book down. It definitely was as good (or possibly even better) than her first book, TWENTY BOY SUMMER. If you're looking for a book that reminds you of everything related to summer and that even has a bit of mystery thrown in about a troubled girl, then this is the book for you.
Oh, and one more thing - the big secret of the family fight totally shocked me, so be prepared for that! by TeensReadToounder review