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The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen
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Jul 08, 2010

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Read from July 25 to 31, 2010

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When Delilah Blue was eight years old her father told her they were going on a trip to Disney World in Florida. Lo and behold, they end up at Disney Land in California and Delila's father, Victor, tells her that her mother doesn't want her anymore and they are going to start a new life in California. So, from Toronto to LA Delilah goes, becoming Lila with a new hair color and a new existence. She grows up believing her mother never even cared enough to call her and she strives to be an artist like her mother (learning her skills through osmosis while posing as a nude art school model) in the hopes her mother will someday see how successful she has become and what she let get away. She is sad, aloof from society and determined to not let anyone get the better of her.

While Lila is just getting by, Victor is beginning to forget things and becoming more paranoid by the day. He loses his job, nearly gets in a car accident while forgetting the rules of the road and is even turned away when he tries to buy a puppy to keep him company. He refuses to concentrate on what is really going on with him and instead fights against the inevitable.

While Lila and Victor's lives unfold, in comes Lila's absentee mother, Elizabeth. Flighty, self-centered and totting along a young half-sister for Lila, she surprises her daughter with the news that she did not abandon Delilah, her father in fact kidnapped her. With this new news, Lila is put in the middle between the mother she hasn't seen in years and the father who, while doing this horrible thing, as always taken care of her and loved her. As she gets to know her mother better (which isn't necessarily a good thing) and her father's mental health deteriorates, Lila is forced to make the best of the life she has been given and tries to pull things together despite where she comes from.

I found this book to be okay. I could not stand Victor or Elizabeth and felt utterly sorry for the life Delilah is forced to overcome. This being said, I didn't feel any true resolution or discovery about "the Truth about Delilah Blue" and would have preferred a little more character development for this tragic character. I did, however, enjoy the writing style and look forward to reading more from Tish Cohen.

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