Sunday, September 29
Book Review: The Truth About Delilah Blue
Author: Tish Cohen
Summary: Delilah Blue Lovett has always been a bit of an outsider, ever since her father moved her from Toronto to L.A. when she was eight, claiming Delilah’s mother no longer wanted to be part of their family. Twenty now and broke, but determined to be an artist like her errant mom, Delilah attends art class for free -- by modeling nude at the front of the room, a decision that lifts the veil from her once insular world.
While Delilah struggles to find her talent, her father, her only real companion, is beginning to exhibit telltale signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s. And her mother, who Delilah always assumed had selfishly abandoned them, is about to reappear with a young daughter in tow . . . and a secret that will change everything. Delilah no longer knows which parent to trust -- the only one she can really rely on is the most broken person of all: herself.
My Rating: 6.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I started off not liking the book, but I was becoming invested in it by the end. Although there was still a lot about the book that bothered me, I am glad I read it, it read. It was something new, and a good story overall.
This book was a book I nearly stopped reading a few time. I couldn't connect to the characters, the narrative was awkward and almost crude at times. I had a hard time getting into the book because of in the beginning because of the writing. The plot also took it's time to grab my attention, but the plot did grab me eventually. By the end, I was reading the book quickly - and not because I was trying to be done with it, like I had been in the beginning, but because I wanted to see how the story was end. And the end is enjoyable, it ties everything up, almost to perfectly, but it does work. I was more invested in Victor's story than anything. It takes a side note in the book, but I think the author did a fantastic part at creating his character and his struggles.
The characters were also something I had some issues with. Despite some of Victor's decisions in life, he was the only character I liked. I despised Delilah's mother. World's biggest flake comes to mind, and Delilah wasn't a very likable person either. I think the character's were why I struggled with the book so much. Although the plot and narrative had aspects to them I didn't like, but they at least would have been far more tolerable, had the characters been remotely tolerable. By having only one character I could enjoy, it also had a major impact on the book. But, what surprised me the most, was, by the end, I liked it - to some extent.
Sure it wasn't my favourite read, but there was something there that kept me reading and made me enjoy it to some extent in the end.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure. Perhaps the author. Although, the book turned out to be better than I initially thought, I'm undecided on whether or not I'd recommend it.
What to read next: I'm at a complete loss on this one.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge