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Fixing Delilah

Fixing Delilah
By Sarah Ockler
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Audience: Older teens

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?

After starting this book, I assumed it was Sarah Ockler's first novel. It felt like a first novel. I was surprised that it was her second book, not her first. I went into this having HUGE expectations. It's not one I normally would have picked up. It just didn't sound like my kind of book, but then after I read Bittersweet, I wanted to read ALL OF HER STUFF. So I wasn't surprised that I was disappointed in this novel. 

It felt... hollow to me. I didn't feel a connection with the main character. Also, I think part of the problem was that too much time passed over the course of the book. It could have used 100 or so more pages, or taken place in a shorter time period. The ending was really predictable, too, but I liked it. She left it open for a sequel, too. If there ever is one, I'll read it. It was an ok book, but I was hoping it would be amazing.

I'm still very much looking forward to reading Twenty Boy Summer. I have incredibly high expectations for that one, too - higher than this one. I have a feeling I'll like it.