By Sarah Ockler
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780316052085, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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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 romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced back together again?
Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story, rich with emotion and filled with family, love, and self-discovery.
Sarah Ockler is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Twenty Boy Summer. Unlike Delilah Hannaford, Sarah never cleaned gutters or painted fence posts as a teen, but she did pull a summer of estate-sale duty at her late grandmother's house, complete with an economy-size jar of Saint Bernard ashes and a priceless antique creamer shaped like a cow. Sarah now lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking up mountains, hugging trees, and talking to birds with her husband, Alex. Her website is www.sarahockler.com.
* "Delilah [is] one of the more realistic adolescent girls in contemporary fiction. She tells her own story in a lyrical and authentic voice."—VOYA, starred review
"[A] perfect fit for those seeking expressive writing, emotional depth, and lush, cinematic romance."—Booklist