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Fixing Delilah

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,754 ratings  ·  661 reviews
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 romanc
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hardest thing for me to say about a book is that I felt indifferent to it.

Well, scrap that. It’s easy to say. “I feel indifferent about this book.” There, done.

What’s difficult is articulating why. When a book hasn’t evoked any particularly strong feeling, positive or negative, I find myself staring at my keyboard with nothing much to say. Except things like “nice”, “okay”, “fine” – which make for an extremely dull review.

And Fixing Delilah was those things: nice, okay, fine. I don’t harb
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love to read about things that I can relate to because I feel like it's someone validating my experience in life. I guess I had the urge to read something like this. Though this really doesn't relate to my personal experience I know it will speak some truth to others who had to grow up without a father or mother, and have to figure out why things have to be always so hard?

Delilah has hit a pretty sucky time in her life. Her mom is always working and doesn't seem to have time to answer Delilah'
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Twenty Boy Summer, The Sky Is Everywhere
Favourite Quote: "That thing in my chest lurches sideways and I take a deep breath, count to ten and bury it, way down deep."

If I had to use one word to describe this story it would be GORGEOUS. From the writing to the characters to the plot, everything about this book is absolutely gorgeous.

Fixing Delilah is a story of a mother and a daughter who are lost from each other and a family that is hiding secrets. It it a story about finding yourself and reconnecting with the ones you love.

I have been
Beeen there, done read that. It's so cliché and déjà vu, it kinda hurt my eyes to read this. So Ockler used the concept of former-childhood-BFFs to introduce the romance. Okay.

Problem #1: It is very unlikely that after 8 years with no contact whatsoever, Patrick and Delilah still have this very friendly relationship as soon as they see each other. Like he calls her "baby", and hugs her and yada yada. Unrealistic.

Problem #2: A romance like that feels underdeveloped. Just because they USED to kn
Danielle (Love at First Page)
There's a reason Sarah Ockler is one of my favorite authors. After loving both The Book of Broken Hearts and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, I have no idea why I waited so long to read Fixing Delilah, but it's just about as amazing as those two. For one, Sarah's writing is utterly gorgeous. She has a way with words that sucks me right into her stories and pulls me along effortlessly. I could read them forever. Her characters are always wonderful, too. Delilah is a girl my heart immediately conne ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Sarah Ockler debuted with Twenty Boy Summer ~ an addictive, emotional yet fun must read for fans of contemp YA. I became an instant fan of her writing and themes handled so dexterously for teens. Twenty Boy Summer was like a blend of Sarah Dessen mashed up with The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson) in a cute little beach read with a huge emotional punch.

Anyways, I was MOST thrilled to read her sophomore novel, Fixing Delilah.

Fixing Delilah is quite different to Twenty Boy Summer, but equally as g
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Jabaley
I loved this book so much, it's really the kind of story that got me hooked on, and keeps me reading YA. The story is intense - why did Delilah's mom stop speaking to her own mother 8 years ago, the day of her father's funeral? And why is Mom so vague on the subject of Delilah's own dad, a one night stand whose death is the subject of Delilah's curiosity and concern. Now 16, Delilah has come to feel adrift in her own life when they receive the news of her grandmother's death. Their return to the ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Already a fan of Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boys Summer, I was really looking forward to seeing what her next book would bring.
Truly, Sarah is gifted when it comes to writing strong characters in a thought provoking plot. This was a beautifully written book!

Fixing Delilah is an emotional story about a mother and daughter, a deep dark secret, family, love and self-awareness.

I simply adored these characters, there is so much depth into each of there personalities and I loved that when together, they se
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
This is the third book by Sarah that I've read this year. I can't believe I hadn't picked up anything by her prior 2015. Fixing Delilah has been on my wishlist for ages and the darling friend of mine Rashika gifted it to me for my birthday in August. I hadn't felt like reading much for a few weeks and picked this pretty up on a whim. What a winning decision this was!


Fixing Delilah has a very authentic voice, as always with Sarah's novels. The story is so easy to follow and it's very relatable ev
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Fixing Delilah reminds me of Saving Francesca which I read a few months back. I enjoyed these two stories as they are a little about lost/broken girls and a lot about family and frienship. Delilah’s story just happens to be clothed in a little more mystery.

With her grandmother dead, she, her mother and aunt return to their hometown. There she finds an old friend, discovers another one then (re)discovers her family's past. She finally gets answers about a lot of things. BUT I just kept weaving t
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Hey there Delilah, I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away, I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall, we'd have it all
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an absolutely fantastic contemporary. Reafing about Delilah's journey was brilliant. I definitely recommend this book to anyone searching for a "summer read" or for a heartfelt contemporary.

A lot of the time, contemporaries can feel rushed.. Trying to fit in backstory, the story, and the future all together can feel muddled and can leave the main story lacking. Tis book had a great balance though. It has a believable and lovely and strong romance, a real fight for family, and an honest
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Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's been an entire eight years since Delilah Hannaford has seen her grandmother and now she's dead. Beyond any choice of her own, her mother has kept contact with her immediate family to the bare minimum and their communication between the two of them is almost non-existent. What once was a happy home, a mother-daughter bond similar to that of Rory and Lorelai of the "Gilmore Girls", is now a work-a-holic mom ordering take-out for her lackluster daughter. Delilah hardly recognizes the two of th ...more
Jasmine Hawamdeh
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: december-reads
Yup, I wrote "loved" three times. But I this book totally deserves it! This book starts of when your introduced to Delilah, she has no siblings, no father (who she thinks is dead), and a workaholic mother. She gets bad marks, is bullied at school by her "friends", "forgot" that she had lip gloss in her hand when she left the store, and sneaks out with a different boy every night into the forest. What a life. But there was a time where she had a better one, when her
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
i like cheese. i like cheese on sandwiches and pizzas and crackers. but there is only so much cheese i can take in a book, and this one probably has too much for me.

Fixing Delilah has a great opening chapter. it consists of only one line, but immediately sets the pace and makes you curious. unfortunately, from there on, the beginning is really and truly slack and hard to get through. while it is an easy read (another pointlessly fat book with huge print), and the chapters are short, it was hard
Alisha Marie
In one of Fixing Delilah's "professional" reviews, it mentioned that fans of Sarah Dessen would love this book. I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan. She's one of the only authors that doesn't have me rolling my eyes at romance. She is the queen of the airy-summer-fling romance novel. So, I had to check out Fixing Delilah due to the comparison to Sarah Dessen (that and the fact that it was a free Kindle e-book for a while). Unfortunately, it didn't live up to "Sarah Dessen" standard.

My main issue with Fi
Emma Reads
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

the main character in this book drove me insane and the writing style was just not my taste. but, i loved how this book shed light on mental illness and overall it was a great story. i also loved the family aspects. overall it was an okay book, just not my favorite.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Definitely a Contemporary Romance fan's dream book.

This book had total Sarah Dessen-vibes. Delilah felt so much like a Dessen main girl-- strained parental relationship (check!), slightly rebellious behavior (check!), touristy location setting (check!), super swoony/patient to a fault boy (check!). And I mean all of that as a compliment because Sarah Dessen creates stories that you can just sink into and become completely immersed, and this book was very much like that.

Drawbacks: I didn't LOVE D
After her debut novel, Twenty Boy Summer, I know that I'm gonna love her other books. Without a doubt, Sarah Ockler writes beautifully. It's nice to know that after an amazing and very emotional ride with her first book, delivering the second one is still what I was expecting of her.

Fixing Delilah may be your typical dysfunctional family story but what I love about it is how real the characters are and how emotionally driven and moving it is in between. It just had the right amount of laughter,
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
I'd been reading so many paranormal romances and was craving a really good contemp, and I totally got one. This book was, in short, AMAZING. It's got complicated parent-kid relationships, first love, SUMMER! (which is quite awesome to read about during winter, as you know), super-cute, repeat, super-cute love interest, family secrets, and beautiful writing. Delilah was a complicated yet relatable character, and her narration was So. Much. Fun to read! She had such a great sense of humor, and her ...more
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
"We all long for what could have been." This is a quote repeated several times throughout Fixing Delilah, one that I really love. Having not yet read Ockler's debut Twenty Boy Summer, I was pleasantly surprised by her lyrical yet simple way of writing and the rhythm the events were woven together. She certainly knows how to write her stories and make fantastic characters; Delilah was wonderful and had me captivated from the start.

Despite how much I loved Delilah's character, she is not my favori
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I picked it up because once I get attached to an author, I find everything she's ever written, and Twenty Boy Summer, Ockler's debut novel, was AMAZING. The woman is a master at imagery.

I felt like I knew Delilah's personality almost from the first three chapters alone. Delilah is the misunderstood child who isn't allowed to ask questions or discuss feelings. Mom is a workaholic. When D's grandmother dies, they must return to Vermont, where she remembers spending most every s
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, own
Every family has got secrets...

But Delilah's tired of being left out of the loop. She and her mom return to Vermont for her grandmother's funeral. A woman they had not seen for the past ten years, after a family fight regarding her father that no one wants to discuss with Delilah. Why did they keep away? Why so much resentment? Are things really better left unsaid?

Death has a way of reminding us that pride isn't always worth it. Ockler kept some really juicy secrets from Delilah in this book an
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Delilah's family is torn apart from a long time feud.

Although I thought the love interest was a great story line, I thought the basic plot seemed a little skimmed over. It's a tough topic, though, for any family - so many secrets - that it's hard to find a balance between really wallowing in the horror and understanding the motivations of Delilah. I would have loved more back story and more understanding of the mom and sisters, but it was a nice short read, so that may be a nice trade off at tim
Oh my goooooooooooosh! This book is remarkable! It's one of those "sucks you right in" type of stories and I thought for sure it would do a number on my emotions. Except for a couple of parts where my heart was in my throat and I thought it would break into a million pieces, the entire story was just so sad and real and heart wrenching. Delilah is so relatable and the friendship between her and Patrick and Emily is just so fun and amazing. Lots of swoon-worthy moments that give you chills and ma ...more
Zemira Warner
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
I would recommend this book to Sarah Dessen fans.
It only gets 4 stars from me because it was so hard to connect with the story at the beginning. In my case it was more like the half of the book.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the writing style.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Fixing Delilah was decent. It's all about complicated family dynamics and the way that secrets and a lack of communication eat away at relationships. While the ending is effective, Delilah's voice is lacking, so I never felt any sort of emotional connection to this book, and it's the sort of novel that really needs that. Then again, maybe I'm just biased because both Delilah and Patrick love Catcher in the Rye, the worst classic of all time, so I can't possibly like her. On the plus side, I do t ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a tough one to rate. There were things and I liked and things I didn't like. I definitely found Delilah hard to like at times. The thing that ended up saving this book was that everybody ended up fixing their relationships with each other. ...more
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls' Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, and nominations for YALSA ...more

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