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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...more
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Published July 16th 2012
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Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
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...more
Kelly
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...more
Abbie
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...more
Madison Seidler
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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...more
Rachmi
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...more
Christy
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
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...more
Kati
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
Carly
And Stephanie Campbell does it again!
This book is so amazingly perfect. If you've read Grounding Quinn, you'll already know roughly how the story plays out. That still doesn't stop you wondering and just begging your eyes to move faster to finish!
This isn't a light read. To be fair, I don't think any of Stephanie's books are. They're raw and powerful and darn right addictive. But it's still an amazingly perfect read, that, of course, EVERYBODY needs to read.
So, seriously, why are you still her...more
Holly
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.
Michael Burhans
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.
Amanda
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.
Christy
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....
Steph Campbell
Apr 18, 2013 Steph Campbell added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Both the US and UK ebooks have undergone cover makeovers!
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The Simon & Schuster UK edition (in both ebook and paperback) releases May 9th, 2013, and contains updated and new content! :)
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
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 :)
cendrillon
I loved this book, because I felt it captured Sidney's character so well! A great find and a great read, I highly recommend this book. I completely understood how she felt, and the deep loneliness she felt after losing her mother. I lost my mother when I was young, and rare are the books that capture all the emotions a young woman has to deal with after such a loss.
I think this was the book that I really connected with on so many different levels, and I felt close to Sidney in so many ways. Lov...more
Carleigh Ryan
Stephanie Campbell can do no wrong. Loved this book! I'm hoping Tessa will get a book too...please? :)
Jolene Perry
A gorgeous read.
An intense situation.
A swoon-worthy boy.
And a fabulous romance.

LOVE. THIS.
zeliz
cant wait to buy it,it would bee cool if this came out on june28 (good bday gift for myself)
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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
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Lyndsey Rushby
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
Autumn Review
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...more
iloveladyporn
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...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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...more
Ciara
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
Haley
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...more
Lisa
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...more
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...more
Jessica Larson-Wang
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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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