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- Print Length: 294 pages
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- Publisher: Wannabe Press (March 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CKUZR0A
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, but I consider that a valid reflection of humanity. Even though I didn’t like the characters, I cared about what happened to them. I wanted them all to be better people than they were and I wanted some good to come out of all their struggles in the end. It was uncomfortable reading about the adult activities and the use of foul language these teenagers were a part of, but I was a teen once, so I get it. Reading about suicide and other mentally and or emotionally unstable behaviors and actions was also quite difficult to read, but it sure does help one put his/her own life into perspective.
Aside from the intense subject matter and the emotional characters, the story itself is a quality mystery with highs and lows in all the right places. Reading this story shows just how difficult it can be to solve a crime or mystery when you have no real training to do so. I think that aspect of the story was the most entertaining. While the ending left a note of hope, it didn’t feel as realistic to me as the rest of the book. Most of the book felt like a teen version of Law & Order, but then the end came in like a mashup of The Brady Bunch and 90201 (drama with a lighthearted twist).
I firmly believe that many people could benefit from reading this book, but I wouldn’t recommend it to just anyone. The format in which the story is told took some time to get used to, but since I read blogs all the time, I had to tell myself I was reading blog posts and not a book. This may be a struggle for some readers, but not an obstacle that one can’t overcome. Some people aren’t going to be in the right mindset to accept this book for what it is. Even I, though glad I read it, will probably not read it again for a very long time. This book is not suitable for young children and pre-teens.
I obtained this ebook as a perk for contributing to a crowdfunding campaign.
Alex is the best friend of Delilah. With parents that are always too busy traveling to raise their daughter, Alex spends her days with Delilah as an almost adopted daughter. She is busy with her social life and gymnastics. She gets stuck running the dance committee right before Delilah draws into herself from denial of her father’s suicide. Alex is caught between peer pressure and being there for her best friend.
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I wasn’t sure I was up to reading about a hard subject like suicide. It promised me that there would be enough humor to make up for it. I was not disappointed. I was also a little put off by the blog format because I have read so many books that attempted a diary format and it really took away from the story. Honestly, this book does a great job at that. It really enhances the book.
This book is perfect for anyone who loves young adult and mystery. I must admit there were a few slang terms that had me on Google, but besides that, it was a fabulous book. It definitely was not a depressing book. I felt the hopeless emotion that Delilah felt at times, but also the exhilaration as she found a new clue. Alex’s frustration and conflict had me sighing with each new obstacle that fell into her path.
Setting it out in an easily-engaging manner as a blog/school project, [supposedly as the blogger Delilah's rebuttal of the usual written format], was a brilliant idea for a stream-of-consciousness window into a young girl's psyche, during a year of upheaval at a time of physical and emotional development and uncertainty, following her father's sudden and initially unexplained death.
Her self-idealised relationship with her idolised father, her lasting friendship with BFF school-friend and fellow-blogger, Alex, her estrangement from her mother and frequent hostility towards others she has to react and interact with, are all sensitively and realistically explored, in this unbelievably fantastic book by sheer genius Russell Nohelty, (of Pixie Hunter and Spaceship Broken etc fame).
I found it so intense I read it through in one sitting and will definitely read it again, because I couldn't get enough of how the maelstrom of emotions affected me on so many levels.
I feel sure it must be based on a true story in part at least as it felt so true-to-life, as if I were living Delilah's life vicariously on every page, drawn into her world of denial, grief, anger, hope, despair, determination, disappointment...the list goes on, but these feelings were all immediate and all there, in a seamless fabric with transparent interludes into the discomfort and helplessness felt by those, like Alex, who try so desperately to reach out and prevent the loved one's self-destruction. A wonderful experience that's not to be missed - I loved it!