Author: Sarah Ockler.
Publisher: Brown Books.
Published Date: 12/1/10.
"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?"
If you've read one of Sarah Ockler's books, then you might agree with me when I say, it's her mission to make you cry. She probably sits down, and schemes out an entire plan to make her audience ball their eyes out.
You are one evil chick, Sarah Ockler...but I LOVE IT!
Fixing Delilah is no different. You better have a box of tissues ready for this one, because Ockler quickly straps you into an emotional roller coaster.
Fixing Delilah is about a girl named Jessica....just kidding! It's about a girl named Delilah, who has been lost for a while now. She doesn't really know who she is, where she comes from, and is going through a rough patch in her life.
She has no idea who her father was, since her mother had a "one night stand" with him and he passed away not long after. She doesn't know where she's from, because over eight years ago, Delilah's mother packed their stuff and moved out of Red Falls. And she doesn't really know who she is, or who she wants to be, so it's making life tough. (As if being a teenager isn't hard enough).
Delilah has always asked her mother about her father, about Red Falls, and about her grandmother. But every time she asks, she's given an excuse, a phone call interrupts, or her mother is much to busy with work.
But when Delilah's grandmother passes away, she and her mother have to head back to Red Falls for the first time in eight years, to clear out the house, fix it, and sell it. Delilah isn't sure what to think, but she knows this is the perfect opportunity to discover herself and where she came from.
Spending the entire summer there will give her just enough time to figure out all the things that her mother has been pushing aside for the last few years (and with the cute boy next door). Like the regret Delilah's mother and aunt feel about the passing of their little sister. The accusations her grandmother had. And even her father.
Overall, Fixing Delilah was heartbreaking, beautiful and full of love (even though it wasn't visible until the end). After just a few pages, I started connecting to and feeling for Delilah. I couldn't imagine what it must feel like to know almost nothing about yourself or your family. Or what it must feel like to know that your mother knows everything, but she just won't tell you.
I absolutely loved this book, and Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer, so I'm a hundred percent positive I will be picking up another one of her books very, very soon!
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