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Delicate (Risk the Fall #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,751 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Sydney Pierce has just met the guy of her dreams…just don’t tell her psycho boyfriend, Trevor.

With a gorgeous boyfriend, a thriving gymnastics career and a stellar academic record, anyone would assume that Sydney has it all. That's precisely what the seventeen-year-old perfectionist wants you to believe, and she works hard to keep up the pretense. Especially now that there
Nook, 200 pages
Published July 16th 2012
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17-year-old Sydney is a gymnast, but she’s also trying to make it through high school, and keep her boyfriend Trevor happy.
When new guy Grant starts at school, Sydney is shocked at the way that Trevor doesn’t trust her around him, and even starts hurting her when he gets angry or jealous.
Should Sydney stay with Trevor? Or should she be trying to get away from him?

This was an interesting YA contemporary romance, and is definitely the best book I have read by th
Jul 24, 2014 Abbie rated it really liked it
Delicate was a good read.

I liked Sydney.
She always stuck by her dad and sister, even though it meant that her plans always fell through, and she knew Trevor wouldn't be best pleased.
It annoyed me when she apologized to him for hurting her, but i get that this is usual behavior in abusive relationships, so it didn't make me like her any less.

I really liked Grant.
He was so thoughtful and sweet, and i really liked and His and Sydney's relationship.

The ending was sweet, and i was really happy for
Madison Seidler
Jul 20, 2012 Madison Seidler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Immediately after I finished with Steph Campbell’s Grounding Quinn, I purchased Delicate. This book focuses on Quinn’s best friend, Sydney and takes place the year prior to Grounding Quinn. There’s a lot of the same characters, however, no Ben. Sydney is an aspiring Olympic gymnast, and I did read this during the Olympics, so how’s that for perfect timing! :) She works hard at everything she does. Her desire to be everything to everyone drives her need
Jun 23, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
OK, so I finished this book about 10 days ago and it's taken me until now to try and find the right words to express just how much I loved this book.

I am a huuge fan of Steph Campbell, so I was expecting good things from Delicate anyway but I was blown away by just how good it was and how well it dealt with the issues it tackled.

Sydney is a character from another of Steph's books, Grounding Quinn, and in Delicate we get to know more about her not-so-great past that's briefly mentioned in that bo
Oct 17, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
Sydney (Quinn's best friend from 'Grounding Quinn') is an aspiring Olympic gymnast with a lot on her plate. She trains constantly for Nationals, is still dealing with the loss of her mother, and tries to make as much time as possible for school, her best friends, her dad and sister and her boyfriend Trevor. It's a lot to handle. Due to lack of funds, Syd signs up to do a documentary for gymnasts to take some of the financial burden off her dad. Cameras are following her around. Her boyfriend Tre ...more
As my first encounter to Steph Campbell book and it looks like has something I love in the story, I have high hope to this one. Unfortunately it didn't work for me.

First, I didn't quite like the main character, Sydney. I know she has a lot on her plate but her whine annoyed me most of the time. She also keep comparing herself to other girl friends, jealous of them and always feeling insecure, though I think she has something to be proud of, being a National gymnast is hard and a very good reason
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
"Letting go is never easy. Especially when you can’t see where you’re going to land. But I’ve learned that sometimes, you just have to throw your weight behind the change. Take the chance that you may fall.”

The Grounding Quinn series is a series I've heard a lot about, so I took the chance and decided to read Delicate which is set before Grounding Quinn takes place, and I'm really glad I did. Delicate is a sweet YA read that deals with a very heavy subject, and I believe Steph Campbell wrote th

I must be the odd ball out with this one. I tried, I really did. I thought I would love this series, I even bought both books in advance. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish Delicate and I won't be reading the other one.

Just a few thoughts...

Trevor is suppose to be this crazy, intense psycho boyfriend, but I just don't see it AT ALL. So what if he gets a little possessive of his girlfriend. What boyfriend doesn't? Trevor is really not as bad as he's made out to be. Not even close.

Sydney doesn't h
Sep 05, 2012 Kati rated it liked it
A short but very well written YA. Sydney is a junior in high school carrying very heavy expectations on her shoulders. Her mom has passed away so she is trying to be there for her younger sister who is shutting her out, she is trying to be someone her busy dad is proud of, surviving school and competing on a very elite level in gymnastics, which is a huge time, effort, and financial commitment. She also seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but as the school year goes along and she starts to make ...more
Michael Burhans
Jun 11, 2012 Michael Burhans rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This companion to Grounding Quinn was every bit as good as the original. Now even though Quinn is more my kind of girl than Syd, I loved this book. It works out your emotions. As a man it embarrassed me because of the fact abuse is so common. As a father of daughters it scared me for the same reason. As a lover of a good story it inspired me to see what people can endure and move on stronger than before. Read this book.
Nov 03, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
If you've read Grounding Quinn then you know Sydney, Quinn's best friend...this is her story and honestly I think this book needs to be put in the hands of every girl in middle school & high school. In this book Sydney is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend and Steph handles the subject in a realistic and honest way and it was great to see Sydney slowly (and with the help of that sweet heart Grant) gain the strength to say enough is enough.
Jul 29, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
This was a cute YA book. Very fast read. I just wish there was more passion between Syd and Grant. For him being the "man of her dreams" I thought there would be more of a connection between the two, which I just didn't feel. I wish there would have been more about gymnastics and the documentary being played out. Overall I enjoyed the book and will read Grounding Quinn.
Steph Campbell
Sep 14, 2011 Steph Campbell added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jul 18, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
I haven't read any books about gymnasts before so I liked the topic, however I didn't really feel there was a lot of that in there. Sydney had a lot going on in her life and this was a short, quick book. I wanted to keep reading to find out who she would pick and what would happen next for her, but I didn't ever make the true connection to the characters....
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
Mar 20, 2013 Kristi, A Book Fanatic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2013, romance
I enjoyed this book very much!!! This is def a YA book but it dealt with some important issues that kept me flipping the pages. Can't wait to read more by this author ... Any author that's a friend of Abbi Glines is a friend of
mine :)
Jolene Perry
Sep 14, 2011 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A gorgeous read.
An intense situation.
A swoon-worthy boy.
And a fabulous romance.

May 03, 2012 zeliz rated it it was amazing
cant wait to buy it,it would bee cool if this came out on june28 (good bday gift for myself)
Carleigh Ryan
Jul 19, 2012 Carleigh Ryan rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Campbell can do no wrong. Loved this book! I'm hoping Tessa will get a book too...please? :)
Laura's Book Addiction
Mar 26, 2012 Laura's Book Addiction rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
So immediately after finishing Grounding Quinn, I picked up Delicate. I just couldn't resist!

Delicate takes place about a year before Grounding Quinn and includes many of the same character less Ben. It is yet another very realistic book by Steph Campbell! . It dealt with physical and emotional abuse and a girl's journey to finding her voice.

Sydney tries really hard to be perfect - the perfect athlete, girlfriend, student, and daughter and alot of times she does it at her own expense. Sydney doe
Lyndsey O'Halloran
In Delicate, we get the story of Sydney (who is best friends with Quinn of Grounding Quinn). She works hard to be the gymnast she is and it is pretty much her whole life. Still though, she manages to have time for a boyfriend and to get great grades. While her friends think she has the perfect life, Sydney think otherwise. She’s exhausted all of the time, feels the strain at school and has no idea how do deal with Trevor, her boyfriend at times. All of Sydney’s problems are hidden from the outsi ...more
Jessica Larson-Wang
Jan 31, 2013 Jessica Larson-Wang rated it it was ok
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Jul 17, 2012 Ciara rated it it was amazing
Now I have to reread Grounding Quinn since we get a good insight of her character in this one!! Not surprised I loved this one just as much, Campbell's character building and ability to tackle real teen angst and emotion is refreshing! Wow I am so moved I actually have to take a minute to collect my thoughts! Stephanie Campbell really did a number on me when she introduced me to Sydney in this moving tale of a talented young girl struggling to always do the right thing! Sydney is a renowned gymn ...more
Autumn Review
Jul 28, 2012 Autumn Review rated it really liked it
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Well, this was an emotional book, that I honestly wasn't prepared for. I mean, I knew it was going to have some serious issues, but this book was a bit more intense that I thought it would be. I mean that in a good way. It brought attention to teen abuse. You don't often think about physical abuse happening between high school couples, but it does. While this book deals with a very serious issue, there was a light at the end.

My heart broke for Sydney. She is dealing with the loss of her mother a
Jaime (Curious Kindle Reader)
Aug 03, 2013 Jaime (Curious Kindle Reader) rated it really liked it
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For anyone that’s read Grounding Quinn, you know who Sydney is, but what you don’t know about her my shock you. This is a tough story to read at times, and for a good reason – it’s something I’m sure a lot of girls experience in their lives… and it’s sad. Her boyfriend Trevor is becoming more and more controlling and abusive. But Sydney is is taking it all in stride, tryi
Pamela Todd
To anyone looking in, Sydney Pierce has it all. Promising gymnastics career, attentive boyfriend, Trevor, great friends and brilliant grades at school. But on the inside, Sydney feels like she can barely keep it all together.

When Sydney meets Grant, the new boy at her school, he makes it clear what his feelings for her are. He sees into the heart of her, past the barriers she builds around herself. Sydney can’t deny the attraction she feels for Grant...and unfortunately, neither can Trevor, who
Jul 27, 2012 Haley rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Truly loved it.

I tend to stay away from books involving any form of abuse but Delicate has forever changed that.

I adored Sydney. She is a strong and admirable young women. The type of person that every young girl should strive to be. There were times I was so frustrated with her. I just wanted to hug her and fix everything. In the end, she proved how incredibly strong she could be.

I thought Grant was an exceptional character. His loyalty to Sydney was admirable and he was exact
Dec 21, 2012 iloveladyporn rated it really liked it
This is a straight up Young Adult book No hot sex scenes -
Which is totally cool sometimes I just need some
straight up heart thumping Love!
At first I was not digging Sydney I couldn't figure out why she was getting jealous over Grant when she only hung out with him for a few days and she had a totally hot boyfriend- now that doesn't mean I didn't feel her jealously and I'm pretty sure I would have felt the same way- didn't make it right. Slowly psycho Trevor came out and her excuses began- whic
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 25, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
I read this book last night and really like it. I enjoy books that have to deal with relationship that goo off the deep end. This story has to do with abuse in a relationship. It it well done and well written. At times, I felt such anger that I wanted to beat the guy down.

The plot is good. You have a good girl with a very popular boy. He is everything that you can imagine. Cute, popular and all the girls want him. I like that the downhill to their relationship starts off small. First will name-c
May 11, 2012 Mtl55 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awsome-reads

What a fantastic read! It's difficult, I assume, to write about such a 'delicate' issue but Ms. Campbell did it with such emotion and truth that it was just a great read. Not only was it a great issue to shine more light on but the plot of the story and the romance between Sydney and grant (*sigh* dreamy grant) was just so sweet. I loved that this book was not exactly a prequel to Ms. Campbell's 'grounding quin' but like a explanation on how Quinn's friends Sydney and Grant came to be that amaz
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“Letting go is never easy. Especially when you can’t see where you’re going to land. But I’ve learned that sometimes, you just have to throw your weight behind the change. Take the chance that you may fall.” 10 likes
“I loved Trevor wholly. In all the good ways that made me feel alive and special and important. But also, in the bad ways. The ways that shut me off from others and left me alone with my pain. The ways that had me keep secrets. I loved Trevor in all the ways that I thought mattered, even though I knew that I didn’t.” 9 likes
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