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Get It Together, Delilah! Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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"A solid, slice-of-life book. authentic and are well written."- VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
"Will leave readers cheering for Delilah." - Booklist
"Romance fans will find the up and down relationship of Rosa and Delilah dreamy."-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Delilah's interactions and conflicts with her family and friends feel deeply real."-Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Erin Gough won Hardie Grant Egmont's Ampersand Prize for debut fiction for this book. She lives in Australia.
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After her mother leaves them, Delilah Green encourages her father to take an extended vacation while she takes care of running the family owned diner, The Flywheel. When the situation at The Flywheel become more serious due to her lack of reliable employees and dwindling sales, Delilah decides to take time off from school in an effort to save the diner. Her choice to ditch school is an act of self-preservation since she has been the target of unrelenting bullies due to her sexuality. Delilah is, in many ways, a resilient and likable young woman but she stubbornly refuses to ask for help as the situation at the cafe worsens. Nor is she willing to give a concerned teacher/counselor the opportunity to help deal with the harassment from her classmates.
With her best friends busy with school, Delilah’s friendship with her best guy pal Charlie McFarlane turns out to be the most reliable support during her trials and tribulations. While he is rather fickle when it comes to matters of the heart, he is unfailingly loyal and his irreverent charm and good nature is the perfect foil for Delilah’s troubles. Charlie is also exceptionally skilled in the kitchen but he finds himself in a bit of trouble when he impulsively decides to pursue his latest love interest.
As if Delilah does enough problems in her life, she is the midst of a huge crush on flamenco dancer and uni student Rosa Barea. While she adores Rosa from afar for a good part of the novel, there are a few cringe worthy scenes where Delilah finds herself tongue-tied and clumsy when she has the opportunity to talk to the girl of her dreams. Although they do eventually make progress with their relationship, Delilah’s impatience once again causes problems with her fledgling romance.
Get It Together, Delilah! is a light-hearted and entertaining young adult romance with a great cast of adorable characters. Although some parts of the plot are a tad bit unbelievable, Erin Gough does a wonderful job balancing the true to life issues such as bullying and homophobia with plenty of humor. Although the romance between Delilah and Rosa is just in the beginning stages by the novel’s conclusion, it is easy to root for them as a couple. This part of the storyline could have been fleshed out just a little more and while Rosa’s hesitance to go public with their romance is realistic, Delilah’s reaction is completely understandable.
An imperfect but completely darling debut that fans of contemporary young adult novels will enjoy.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
Delilah hasn’t had the greatest time at school thanks to some bullying classmates so when things at her father’s café take a turn that forces her to assume the managerial role while her father is on a healing vacation to mend his broken heart, Delilah embraces the opportunity for time away from her classmates despite the stress of running her father’s business. More time at the café also means more time in close proximity to Rosa, a beautiful dancer at the restaurant across the street, around whom Delilah stumbles, both with her words and her feet. As school, work, and a social life each demand Delilah’s attention, she tries to get her life into a happy, workable trajectory.
While there’s been an increase in the number of narratives that include gay main characters in the past couple of years, it was quite refreshing to read about an Australian character, as that isn’t common to see in American markets. While there is a certain level of suspension of disbelief when reading fiction, the way that the romance was developed between Delilah and Rosa was utterly unbelievable in its immediacy when paired with Delilah’s fantasy of Rosa- the romance between Charlie and Lauren, which formed mostly off the page, was more believable in its development. Delilah’s pursuit of Rosa, Rosa’s reluctance to announce her interest in Delilah, Delilah’s relationship with lady’s man Charlie, and her straight-laced, education-focused best friend Lauren demonstrate the complexities involved in the seemingly simple aspects of building relationships and establishing a sense of self in the tumultuous teenage years.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.