Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Title: Get It Together, Delilah
Author: Erin Gough
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
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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?

What I thought

I requested this book because I  thought the cover was super adorable and because I made a pledge to read more diversely this year, and this book is, after all, about a lesbian girl trying to save her Dad's cafe, while in the process navigating life. In short, a book right up my alley. What's more the book didn't disappoint.

I liked the characters. Delilah was infuriating, but lovable. Charlie was charming, if inconsistent. Delilah's friends could have been more fleshed out. Rosa, dancer extraordinaire and political activist was a delight. I liked her the most, I think. Why, you ask. Let me tell you. I think her journey was super realistic. I loved the fact that the book shows her struggling with the fact of liking girls when she comes from a deeply conservative family. I thought it was probably the most realistic aspect of this book and as such, it was my favorite.

The dialogue was witty and fun and I breezed through this book because it was both short and enjoyable. Delilah's journey is a fun, if exasperating at times and I liked the fact that although the book ended I felt that the characters would still go on and grow without me being there, much like real people do.

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