Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn't have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it's working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework? Or the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell? Or her best friend who won't stop guilt-tripping her? Or her other best friend who might go to jail for love if Del doesn't do something? But really, who cares about any of that when all Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street. . . . Until one day Rosa comes in the cafe door. And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Erin Gough won Hardie Grant Egmont's Ampersand Prize for debut fiction for this book. She lives in Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Get it Together, Delilah" is a unique coming-of-age story. Delilah is left alone- her mother left for a new beau and her father is taking a trip to find himself. Delilah and the cafe her father owns were left in the care of its manager- who gets deported. Delilah steps in and tries to keep it going while also managing her personal life and high school. She encounters many barriers including fierce bullies at school, teachers who misunderstand, an employee who is stealing, and isolation even amongst friends who don't seem to get it. Soon, Delilah is dropping out of school, in part due to the bullying and in part due to her desire to make the cafe work at any cost. However, it's a difficult, uphill battle and she struggles every step of the way. A big chain opened down the road and is competing with her, just to add to the problems she is already facing. Life is not easy for her one bit. Overall, it's a strong story about character, honesty, friendship, and figuring out what you want (vs parents, teachers, friends). There are some really important lessons in the book about tolerance, bullying, and social classes. It's not a light read and makes you think about others and their circumstances. Delilah grows throughout the book-as do the people around her. I did find it hard to believe that her parents would really not care that she is all alone at 17, especially since it seems like they care about her. It may have made more sense if she was in college/more independent. Other than that, she's a believable character and comes into her own by the end. It's a strong book and a great read about personal growth as well as obstacles many people face. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.