Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

From Goodreads: 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.

What a great book, I loved the characters and I found myself rooting for them. The entire time I was reading this book I felt like I was watching a "Sweet Home Alabama" type film (which I loved). Delilah has made mistakes in her life, but she still comes across as a genuinely good person who knows what it right and what is wrong. It doesn't take her long to realize what kind of relationship her and her "non-boyfriend" have and why she even keeps him around, she is a smart gal. Patrick, or Little Ricky, as she used to know him is the sweetest, cutest, talented guy I've read about in a while. He has his own problems to deal with, but he is always there for Delilah when she needs him, no questions asked. Another character I really liked was Delilah's aunt Rachel. She always wears funky t-shirts and burns incense, oh and she buys soy bacon! (I'm a vegetarian, can you blame me for liking her?) The infamous "fight 8 years ago" turns out to be a pretty big deal, I can see why Delilah's mom never discussed it with her, even so I think she waited too long to do so. After that, the ending was lovely, peaceful, and optimistic. I have to say, this is the first stand alone YA book I've read in a long while. It was difficult to say goodbye to the characters, but I know they'll be okay :) This book made me cry, laugh, and I felt as if I were healing with them. I love when a book can do all that, it makes it a keeper for sure. Oh and I couldn't help but finish it in one sitting so... 

I give this book 5 owls!  


  1. Oh I loved Sweet Home Alabama too. Great review Anaiz. I think this title is right up my alley! I will go check it out.

  2. Great review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/02/fixing-delilah-by-sarah-ockler.html

    Thanks AND have a nice day! =D


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