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Get It Together, Delilah!
Contributor(s): Gough, Erin
ISBN: 1452151873     ISBN-13: 9781452151878
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2017
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Annotation: In her chaotic life, Delilah Green is running the family cafâe, The Flywheel, by herself, handling flack at school because she is a lesbian, and dealing with a hopeless attraction to a girl named Rosa, who dances outside the cafâe every evening.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Lesbian youth; Australia; Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Juvenile fiction.
Dancers; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016037806
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.34 lbs) 327 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Year 11 has not been kind to Australian teenager Delilah Green. Jilted by popular student Georgina, Delilah becomes the target of near-constant harassment. With her mother away with her new boyfriend, and her father off trying to find himself, Delilah is left to fend for herself. Avoiding school and dodging a persistent teacher, Delilah focuses on saving the failing family cafe with the help of her fickle-hearted friend Charlie and her not-so-secret crush, Rosa. Cynical and strong-willed, Delilah knows who she is and what she wants. It's her frustration with less self-aware people around her that creates the majority of the conflict in Gough's debut novel, originally published in Australia. Delilah's interactions and conflicts with her family and friends feel deeply real, but the romance between Delilah and Rosa is disappointingly shallow. Delilah's openness about her sexuality and Rosa's fear of coming out is addressed candidly and thoughtfully, but the characters lack meaningful chemistry. It's Delilah's complex relationships that give the story its depth. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 January)

Gr 9 Up—Delilah, 17, is dealing with a dizzying array of life issues: her mother has left the family to be with a boyfriend, a group of mean girls taunt Delilah about her sexuality, her best friend is somewhat distant, her new guy friend has gotten into legal trouble, and her father is on an overseas vacation, leaving her to run his café during her two-week school break. Delilah is awkward around Rosa, a flamenco dancer at a nearby restaurant, so she is stunned when Rosa initiates a kiss. Rosa's fear of being outed causes conflict with Delilah, but events lead to a hopeful and believable resolution. Delilah is an engaging teen trying to work her way through the uncertainty and pain of teen life. In addition to confronting bullying, she also faces microaggressions, such as when a rival business owner comments that he understands the importance of having a safe and welcome environment for "you people." Although a closeted lesbian causes much of Delilah's torment at school, the protagonist's feelings of pity, rather than anger, seem authentic. Life lessons about the challenges of making assumptions, speaking out, and being true to oneself are woven throughout realistically. Australian geographical names are sprinkled throughout the story, but the high school setting will be familiar to American readers, and the references to sexual situations are straightforward and realistic. VERDICT This well-crafted novel is recommended for most collections for its honest portrayal of teenage crushes, first love, friendship issues, and homophobic bullying.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

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