Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Product Description from Amazon: 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?
I received this ARC as part of a galley of the month program.  This is the first book I’ve read by Ockler. If her other work is as good as this one, then I’ve just added a new author to my list of favorites.  Ockler does an excellent job of capturing the complex life a teen being raised by a single parent.  The emotional distance that has developed between Delilah and her mother fairly leaps off the page.  Families are complex creatures. Ockler paints a vivid picture of a family that is struggling to connect.  Teens who enjoy contemporary fiction mingle with romance and a hint of mystery will enjoy this book.  I am anxious to read more by this author and have moved Twenty Boy Summer up on my to read list.

Recommended for 9th grade and up.

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