Release Date: December 1, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around the World Tours
My Rating: 3 Stars
Other Info: Contemps Challenge
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 ” …more 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.
I loved Twenty Boy Summer, so of course when I saw that Sarah Ockler was releasing another book I had to read it asap! Fixing Delilah is the story of Delilah Hannaford and all her family’s secrets. When her grandmother dies, Delilah and her mother are forced to spend the Summer fixing up her house and making all the arrangements. Can they find a way to put things back together again in this place where things fell apart?
In all honesty this book did not live up to my expectations. Twenty Boy Summer set the bar very high and Sarah Ockler’s follow up fell a little short, in my opinion. The book wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great like I wanted it to be. So what, you may ask, was wrong with it? The pacing for one thing. It felt like the story crawled by at a snails pace. I often found my mind wondering while reading because the book just didn’t hold my attention.
My other complaint is the characters. I felt no connection with them. Delilah was very one dimensional. She was supposed to have all these problems and kinda be a mess, but I never saw that. All the other characters fell a little flat for me also.
Even though I had some problems with Fixing Delilah I’m still giving it 3 stars, because the plot was great. It was interesting. I just wish it would have moved a little faster. Please don’t let my review dissuade you from reading the book. I know that there are other people that loved it. It just didn’t meet my expectations.