"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 together again?"
Characters: Delilah annoyed me, more so than Anna in Twenty Boy Summer. There's something about her thought process that made me want to scream at her in parts. In others though, she was spot on about issues going on within her life.
Delilah's mother is the sort of complex creature I expect from Ockler. The relationship between Delilah and her mom is a great one to see evolve. Her aunt was the cliched kooky extended relation, but Ockler toned down the usual quirky traits.
Patrick was irritating to me. He's way too perfect for my tastes. Several passages about him made me roll my eyes. However, Delilah and he make for a good couple.
It's cute to read about. Ockler crafts some ingenious character arches, but nothing really stood out to me. 4 flowers.
Writing: Ever since I read Twenty Boy Summer, I knew Ockler would be an author to look out for. I came to this conclusion largely because of her writing. It's rhythmic, languid and absolutely delicious. Her books will always be the most well written YA summer books you read. The dialogue is a little too Dawson Creek for me sometimes, but the descriptions are always beautiful. I cannot fault Ockler at all in this department. 4 and a half flowers.
Plot: I got bored, to be honest. I'm slightly afraid that Ockler will keep on producing books akin to Twenty Boy Summer. There were some excellent twists I did not see coming. I still felt like this book was pushing family morals. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it, but the message never really hit home in the same way it did in Ockler's debut novel. 4 flowers.
End: I expected it. No matter the predictability, still satisfying. 4 flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: Patrick should have gotten a clause, to be sure. 3 and a half flowers.
Cover: I have the ARC one, but this new cover is exceptionally gorgeous. I adore it. 5 flowers.
Overall: A great read, but Ockler didn't knock me out of the park. I'm still waiting for her next big thing. 4 flowers.