Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release date: December 1, 2010
Summary (from Good Reads): 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?
After reading and falling in love with Twenty Boy Summer, I had high expectations for Fixing Delilah, and I wasn't disappointed. Fixing Delilah is a beautiful story of family, loss, and friendship.
The writing was beautiful. The one passage that stood out to me more than any other was, "I try to think of him as Little Ricky with braces and freckles, but that only strengthens the invisible pull I feel toward him, the sense of entitlement rising in me as though knowing his past gives me some claim to his future. . . ." (page 107). The idea that knowing someone's past gives us a claim to their future really resonated with me. It's not an idea that would have ever occurred to me, but now that it has, I realize that it's probably not uncommon for people to feel that way about others in their life.
I think the best thing about this novel was the sense of friendship. I love it that Delilah realizes who truly cares about her and how friendship is really defined. I love it that her ideas of what friendship is are completely changed during the summer she spends in Vermont. The friendship is really amazing in this novel, as the characters love and support each other during good times and bad, while knowing each other's flaws and loving each other in spite of those flaws. I liked it that friendship came easily in some ways to Delilah, but not easily in other ways, because it's realistic. She reunited with some old friends and she made a new friend, and that part might have been easy, but maintaining those friendships and learning how to be the kind of friend to them that they were to Delilah was not easy. I loved the characters just as much as they loved each other, so for me, there was a lot at stake. I sympathized with each character and I wanted certain things for them. When they were happy, I was happy. When they were sad, I was sad. They were the type of people I would want to be friends with, and in a sense, I felt like they were my friends, at least for a time.
I can't wait to find out what Sarah Ockler has in store for us next.