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Fixing Delilah Hardcover – December 1, 2010
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The story takes place over the summer when Delilah and her mother have to move back to her grandmother's lakeside home after her grandmother passed away. Neither Delilah nor her mother had been in touch with her grandmother for several years preceding her death, due to an incident that Delilah's mother will tell Delilah nothing about. Once back at the lake, Delilah begins to search for the answers about her family's past that her mother has adamantly tried to keep from her.
The only major flaw I had with this book was that, although we as readers were told that Delilah was a bit of a wild-child, after Delilah arrived to the lakehouse, we never actually saw this part of her personality. I had a hard time believing that she would so easily give up her old habits. I felt like whenever she would think about the "crazy" things she had done in the past, I found myself questioning the reliability of her narration, because those things seemed so out of character. And considering her wild nature, the first-person narration of Delilah seemed too mature and graceful. Ockler would spend a lot of time using poetic metaphors to describe the setting of the lake, which seemed false coming from this teenage girl with bad grades.
Also, it may be that I have simply read to many books revolving around family drama, but I thought that the secrets in the family were somewhat predictable.Read more ›
Delilah's mother drags her away for the summer, but it isn't for some dorky family vacation. Her grandmother, whom she hasn't seen since she was eight, has died, and Delilah's mother and her aunt, both estranged, must pack up the house, make the arrangements, and settle her affairs. Delilah doesn't understand why no one has spoken to each other in years, but her mother refuses to speak about anything to do with her past, even about Delilah's father who died before she was even born.
Returning to Vermont is emotional for Delilah, who has been getting in a lot of trouble back home, but when she reunites with Patrick, a boy she used to play with when they were kids, she realizes there are more than just bittersweet memories she was forced to leave behind. Having left her boyfriend, Finn, back home, she begins to realize he might not be as great as she once thought he was. Patrick embodies everything she has been missing for all these years. But when they start really getting into the breaking down of her grandmother's house, all those secrets and hushed conversations start coming to the top. Now Delilah's workaholic mother must answer Delilah's questions whether she wants to or not. There are things Delilah deserves to know... even if she won't like the answers once she gets them.
I loved Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer, and while I didn't like this book more than that one, this was still a really great, emotional, character-driven story.Read more ›
And thankfully, I got exactly that.
Although it doesn't beat out my love for Twenty-Boy Summer, it was still an interesting read.
Delilah is a great character to relate to. I related well with being caught up in the family drama, and I feel that most everyone else who reads this will, also.
Every character was so great! Patrick, Aunt Rachel, Emily; they are all very memorable. The surprises were actually quite surprising! Definitely something I was not expecting.
At times funny and at other times sad, Fixing Delilah is a story I won't soon forget.
He belts it straight out, his voice like milk and honey and everything rich and warm and good. I want to drink it. To take off my clothes and slip into his music like a hot bubble bath. ~ pg. 111
That is how I feel about Sarah's writing
The story starts off slow and kind of simmers, but it works. Fixing Delilah is one of those sweet, summer romance stories with a hell of a lot of family drama thrown in. It's very character-driven and internal. We're introduced to Delilah Hannaford, on the cusp of a summer in Vermont. Leaving her home and her non-boyfriend behind isn't really a big deal, but staying with her mother for an entire summer, cleaning up the home of her deceased grandmother, and digging up long buried family secrets, is.
Delilah is so much like every teen girl out there. She's angry and emotional - desperate for attention, but not sure how to get it. She wants her mother to love her like she used to. Back before her Papa died and her family fell apart. Her life is a series of mistakes that allow her to forget how much she's hurting, but this one summer changes that.
The Hannaford family secrets are revealed slowly, layer by layer. It's like wiping away a film of dust, just to find a box that needs to be unlocked. I loved the dynamic between Delilah, her mother Claire, and her aunt Rachel. These three Hannaford women are all strong-willed in their own way and flawed, but they so clearly want to be able to love each other the way they used to; they just don't know how.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick and great read about a girl and her family and secrets they all have. I really enjoyed this one and think you should definitely pick it up.Published 6 months ago by R001
Good read, page turner, you will cry and laugh. Love this book. it's a must read. Great story and plot.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is the third book by Sarah that I've read this year. I can't believe I hadn't picked up anything by her prior 2015. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It has some really good quotes in it and I seriously loved it.Published 12 months ago by Edith
received in good condition. bought for my daughter for school reportPublished 13 months ago by joanne
The only reason I would not give this book five stars would be because at times it could get a little confusing. However, it was an amazing book! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lauren Hopkins
This is very possibly my favorite Sarah Ockler book. I laughed and cried, connected with Delilah in a way I didn't expect, and will reread this so many times in years to come!Published 15 months ago by NG238
A heart-warming, beautifully written story, packed full of emotion, which pulls you in to Delilah’s world where estranged relationships are further complicated by secrets and... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sue Holmes @Crushingcinders