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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Ivy’s seemingly perfect, master-of-social-causes boyfriend breaks it off in the school hallway before their final exam. So much for love. It turns out Jeremy wants to get good and laid by someone new over summer vacation, before they both head off to different universities in the fall.

At her grandmother’s seventy-fifth birthday party, Ivy is in no mood to socialize. In fac
Paperback, 226 pages
Published November 21st 2015 by Dancing Cat Books
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Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
With high grades, a scholarship to Carleton University in the fall, and a perfect boyfriend, everything in Ivy's life was going according to plan. That is, right until Jeremy suddenly breaks up with Ivy before their final exam and shatters her heart. He meant everything to her. They shared a passion for social causes, and led their AVL group at school, and sure, he was heading to Montreal for university, but she never imagined they would ever be apart. Jeremy might be apologetic about their brea ...more
Delicate was a new to me book that I decided to review on a whim - simply because, HELLO, sounds amazing. It was full of drama; touching on many situations and themes in an unapologetic way I like to see in YA. No sugar-coating at all - and I loved seeing that.

Both Ivy and Lucan are dealing with serious issues in their life and find comfort in each other. It wasn't an UNHEALTHY kind of comfort either, which was refreshing to read about. Sure, romantic feelings developed but it wasn't the baselin
Rebecca McNutt
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I love Canadian literature, and Delicate is a truly excellent young adult novel. Ivy's summer isn't going at all the way she'd been hoping, and the boyfriend she thought would love her forever turned out to be really sleazy, ditching her so that he can spend his summer break with another girl. Ivy finds solace in Lucan, a new best friend who turns out to be a distant relative she hadn't seen in years... but why hadn't they met in such a long
Martin excels at writing complicated, nuanced teen relationships, and it's no different in this book. In this story, the lines between friendship and romance are explored, as well as what it means to be related and what it means to be family.

For those looking for "things" in a YA book that aren't common, this one tackles a teenage girl acquiring an STD, as well as a teen boy who struggles with a horrible peanut allergy. As always, Martin writes sophisticated and realistic teenage sexuality, in
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
rating 4.5/5

Books that focus mainly on the dynamics of relationships are some of my favorites and C.K. Kelly Martin has a knack for writing these books. That is probably why DELICATE has been on my reading wishlist since June of 2015. DELICATE definitely focuses on the complexities of relationships - the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are so many to examine:

Ivy's relationship with her parents
Lucan's relationship with his mother and her new, young boyfriend
Ivy's relationship with Jeremy
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(YA) I was only going to read 30 pages or so, because I had other stuff to do, but then I got sucked in, and it flew by, so here I am.

What I like about Martin's writing is that she creates a specific texture within her teen characters that make them feel real. A private thought, spoken, or the way a character dips his head can mean volumes when characters are this well-portrayed.

For me, the book's theme was violence: the violence of allergies, betrayals, infidelities, your body, your life, your
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda at Brains, Books, and Brawn
* I received an advanced ebook from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion or my review *

As a teen, I never really dated much and by that I mean pretty much not at all. That being said, I was as stubborn as a donkey and I'd like to think that I would have stood up and walked away from a relationship that negatively affected me in any way. That's what I'd like to think I would have done but who really knows. Delicate brings to the table a few very important issues for both teens and even
Christa  Seeley
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
With only one exam to go before she’s done high school forever, Ivy feels as though her life is going according to plan. That is until her (seemingly) perfect boyfriend tells her he wants to see other people on the way to said exam. She thought she would spend her last summer before university with Jeremy, fighting for their shared social causes. But now summer looms long and lonely in front of her. That is until she’s reunited with her second cousin Lucan, who she hasn’t seen in years.

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Rachel Seigel
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this, but I really disliked Ivy, who is one of the principal characters. There are some important messages here about healthy relationships and sex, but to me they are overshadowed by a selfish, spoiled, 2 dimensional girl who never seems to really resolve her problems or grow. I wish the story had stuck to Lucan's point of view as he was the more interesting, better developed character.
Lynn Demsky
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, sorry that so many young people are living in such varied families and having to deal with so much violence. Why kids are having sex at such an early age, I have NO understanding of but glad some parents are smart enough to teach them about protection. Hope both these kids find a happy partner and life, with luck maybe each other!
Denise Jaden
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just whipped through DELICATE by C.k. Kelly Martin in two days (which is unheard of for my allotted reading time.) I think I might love this one the most out of all of her books (and I love all of her books a great deal.) Wonderful characters and problems with no easy answers made it a gripping read. Highly recommended! ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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Samantha Gunning
Nov 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received a paperback copy.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful YA novel touching on a wide range difficult subjects in realistic and honest fashion. I truly enjoyed reading this book and accompanying the characters on their journey.
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