Teen Book Club

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

AnQi, 13
Sarah Ockler
Fixing Delilah
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2010

It was evident as I started Fixing Delilah that the plot was going to be similar to Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever, a beautiful novel about a teenager named Macy, who embarks on a self discovering journey and learns what it means to truly change. Although Fixing Delilah was definitely much shorter than The Truth About Forever, I had a feeling that it had something that The Truth...lacked. There were the heart breaking scenes of learning how to grieve about her grandmother's death, and the romantic and handsome childhood friend from her past, but there was also a feeling of breath taking scenes of adventure as Delilah learns about her deceased Aunt Stephanie and the secrets she held-the truth of her mother's argument with her grandmother eight years ago that separated the Hannaford family-and the desire to learn more about her late father, Thomas Devlin, who died when traveling Afghanistan as a journalist. The book flows with an almost poetic feel as we travel through Delilah's life in Red Falls, the place of her mother's birth, and the romantic feelings between Delilah and her old friend 'Little Ricky' now known as Patrick Reed. It feels beautiful through every thrilling and sad moment, and Delilah's human character livens it all when she displays the real core of her human nature. I will be most excited when I read Twenty Boy Summer, and I'm eager to call Sharon Ockler one of my most favorite authors now, with her excellent writing and beautiful characters and scenery. Thank you for such an inspirational novel.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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