Fixing Delilah

Fixing Delilah

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Twenty Boy Summer


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?


Hmm. Fixing Delilah is going to be hard to review, because whilst I didn’t hate it, I wouldn’t exactly rave about it either. There wasn’t exactly anything bad about the book, I just didn’t really connect with it. It’s one of those books that I would call ‘okay’.

I do really like Sarah Ockler’s writing. It’s really easy to read and I love how she injects humour into books, despite most of her books being about tough issues. Fixing Delilah is all about family secrets. It does have the typical YA story, with relationship drama. I thought Delilah was a good character though. She was believable and easy to believe in as she struggled with some confusion about her family.

I liked how Sarah Ockler covered some serious issues like suicide and tough family issues, but they weren’t covered in nearly as much depth as I would’ve liked. There was so much scope for a real gritty read. I can’t deny that Sarah Ockler is a brilliant writer though, and I’d definitely read more of her work. I just found this particular book unmemorable.

Would I recommend it?:

Not the most original book, but it’s well written!

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