+ thank you to chronicle books and netgalley for providing me a review copy of this book. this doesn’t affect my thoughts in any way.
+ p.s. this book is ALREADY published in australia as THE FLYWHEEL. however, it’s finally getting published in the u.s. as GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH! in april 2017.
+ p.p.s. it has come to my knowledge that this book had a problematic line (see it here) that i didn’t notice, so yeah, be careful about it.
Get it together, Delilah! by Erin Gough
Published by: Chronicle Books (April 4th, 2017, first published in Australia on February 1st, 2015)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT, Romance
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A story about falling in love, literally.
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. Her dad is on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, so Del’s managing the family café in his absence. Easy, she thinks. But what about:
– homework and the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell
– or how one of Del’s best friends won’t stop guilt-tripping her
– and her other best friend is so in love with his tutor he might go to jail for her if Del doesn’t do something
But who cares about any of that really, because above all else, she can’t stop thinking about beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street until one day Rosa comes in the café 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?
i found GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH, to be a hella original story. with a lot of twists and a laugh-out-loud main character, it’s definitely the kind of YA contemporary you’ll want to read. however, i can say that it wasn’t THE perfect read for me. i guess i set up the hopes too high for this one.
let me start by saying that the plot is AMAZING. set in australia with very funny characters, you’ll never feel bored while reading it. erin gough narrates her story with a lot of sarcasm and originality, and i admire her so much for it. for me, that’s what i’m looking for in any book. but despite all of this, the romance felt a little…insta-love-y? or a bit too idealistic? too perfect?
another thing i didn’t completely like is the main character. she was a bit annoying at times. i mean, yes, she did learn from her mistakes throughout the novel, and i loved that about her, but i feel like delilah needed MORE character development, i feel like something is missing from the book.
to sum up, GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH! was a very enjoyable novel. it does have flaws, but i liked it nonetheless. i highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick chick-lit summer read.
have you read this book? if yes, what were your thoughts? if no, are you willing to?