Google+ Reading Teen: Review and Giveaway: Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Fixing DelilahReading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316052094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316052092
  • Author's website:

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.

An ARC with the name FIXING DELILAH HANNAFORD has been sitting on my shelf since ALA (June) and has been passed up over and over.  None of us picked it up for the longest time because none of us had heard of it or had read Twenty Boy Summer.  So, when I started hearing buzz about a book called FIXING DELILAH I thought, "Hey, I think I have that book..."  Let me just say, after reading this book, I will definitely be adding Twenty Boy Summer to my TBR list!

Reading Fixing Delilah reminded me of watching a slow summer movie.  Or sitting out on the back porch in the heat drinking a cold glass of lemonade.  The beautiful writing and imagery just made the whole story, no matter how emotional, dramatic or heartbreaking, have a relaxing undertone that can't help but make you feel happy.  It's strange that a book that is largely about deteriorating family relationships, death, and depression can still feel that way, but it does.

The Hannaford women, holding onto all their secrets for dear life, were really interesting to read about.  I enjoyed getting to know all of them, with all their faults and flaws.  No matter how frustrating their behavior was, you begin to see that everyone behaves the way she does because of something that has happened to her in her past.  Nothing is a simple as it seems, and going on this journey with Delilah, as she figures this out, really makes you look outside yourself, to see what may have affected the other people in your life, and not just see your own problems.  Reading about the relationship between Delilah and her mother was so sad.  To see her acting out, knowing all the while that she WAS acting out, just to get her mother's attention, was heartbreaking, but so well done.

What I loved reading the most, and what has me finally seeing that I'm an utterly hopeless romantic, was the relationship between Delilah and Patrick.  Who knew that I would fall in love with a boy named Patrick?  Their summer-time, childhood friendship grows into a deep and meaningful relationship.  Patrick is overly patient with Delilah as she deals with all the family issues and her resulting "freak-outs" over them.  They are so sweet together!   They made me laugh, they made me sigh, and they broke my heart!  I loved it!

The only thing that bothered me (other than the blast of "F"words at the end of the book) was that Delilah didn't regret the bad decisions that she made.  Specifically her relationship with her non-boyfriend "hook-up".  I understand that everything that you go through in life makes you who you are, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't see your mistakes for what they that you will learn from them in the future.

Overall, I thought this was a really moving, emotionally stirring book that I loved from beginning to end.

If you're interested:  This book has some pretty heavy make-out scenes and some heavy language.  For more details, go to Fixing Delilah on Parental Book Reviews.

I'm giving my ARC of FIXING DELILAH (HANNAFORD) away, because I will be buying the hard cover!  If you'd like to be entered to win, please fill out this form!


  1. Twenty Boy Summer was a fantastic book I think you should read it! I am excited to read Fixing Delilah, thanks for the review and giveaway!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I've read great reviews on Sarah's other book, Twenty Boy Summer. Lots of bloggers are excited for this one. Based on what you said on your review, this book is worth it.

  3. First: I LOVE this cover ;)

    Second: I'm waiting for my Twenty Boy Summer to arrive.

    Third: Thanks for the great review and giveaway.

  4. I keep seeing people on my goodreads reading this & am so jealous! Thanks for the giveaway & I have my fingers crossed that I win! =)

  5. I'm reading Twenty Boy Summer right now and I freaking love it!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

  6. This looks like a fantastic read, I'm always happy to review books so would love to review it if I happen to win :)

  7. I haven't read Twent Boy Summer either,
    but I reaaally reaaally want to read FIXING DELILAH,
    I think I'll love it,
    I'm so excited you're giving away your ARC copy

    thanks for the review

  8. This sounds so heart-breaking.
    To think that Delilah needs to act out in order for her mother to notice her?
    To think that she is broken but Patrick is patient enough to fix her?
    Sounds like a lovely read!!
    Thanks so much for the review and chance to win this! :)

  9. Hey there Delialh what's it like it NY city?... feel like singing, although this one sounds like a serious read... Thanks for this giveaway, would love to write a review about it:)

  10. This sounds like such a sweet read, and one that I could probably learn from. Thank you for the chance to win!

  11. thank you! I'm still waiting for my copy of Twenty Boy Summer, wonder why it's not here yet.

  12. Ok, I know that this is my second comment in this post, but in the first I told that I was waiting for my Twenty Boy Summer to arrive. It arrived and I LOVED it. I mean, it is on my first place on best books of the year list. ;)

    So... I'm crazy with want for Fixing Delilah now ;)

  13. I am really excited for a chance to win this one. Loved Twenty Boy Summer!


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