Title: Fixing Delilah
Author: Sarah Ockler
Date Finished: January 25th, 2011
Rating: B - Amazing!
Summary of Book:
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 friends are drifting away. Her "boyfriend" isn't a boyfriend. Her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided the Hannaford family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, runs in the family. When Delilah must spend the summer helping to settle her estranged grandmother's estate, she's suddenly confronted by her family's painful past. Faced with questions that cannot be ignored and secrets that threaten to burst free, Delilah begins to doubt all that she's ever known to be true. Rich with humor and emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery--as Delilah comes to realize that even the most shattered relationships can be pieced back together again.
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I'm definitely a fan of Sarah Ockler now. As many of you know, I didn't start blogging until last September and back then, I didn't really pay attention to new releases, I just went to the library, looked through the shelves, grabbed what I wanted, and high-tailed it out of there before anyone else wanted to see it xD. My point being; I never read Twenty Boy Summer. Which is the book that all of you fell in love with and why you were all jumping up and down with joy about finding out that Ockler had another book coming out, Fixing Delilah.
I'm a fan of Sarah Ockler now, but I'm not a big as fan for her, as I would be for, say, Richelle Mead or Stephanie Meyer. But, I am a fan. So, sometime within a couple of months, I will be posting a review of Twenty Boy Summer(hopefully, THEN I'll fall in love with Sarah Ockler ;)).
Anyway..On to my review =)
As you probably saw above, I gave Fixing Delilah a B. Why? You might ask.
Well, I'm a sucker for love stories and always seek them out when I'm reading a book. Even if it's just a little fling going on between the main character and someone else. I loved that part of the story, the romance between Patrick and Delilah. Patrick(also known as Ricky a long time ago) really cared about her. Making sure that she was OK with everything. He even wrote her a song(awwh!). So, in this case, Patrick was a great character!
I liked Delilah. She had common problems that everyone has every now and again, boy troubles, even friend troubles. She was strong-headed(otherwise known as stubborn) when it came to family problems. And that's what I liked about her; she didn't give up.
Emily(Em), Delilah's mom(Claire) and Delilah's aunt(Rachel) were great characters too. Emily cared about Delilah, as did Rachel at some points in the book. Claire had a lot of work problems of her own, and that kept her busy to ignore her feelings, but she was really just hiding from herself.
I have to agree with those of you, who put in your reviews, that the book expressed everyone else's depression, but never actually talked about Delilah being depressed. You can tell she was, so maybe that's why Ockler didn't include anything about it. I don't really know..But I thought it was great and a classic love-story under all the depression and family problems though.