Review: The Truth About Delilah Blue

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 she 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.–From Amazon

I expected The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen to be a crossover book, as the protagonist is 20-years-old. I was a bit disappointed to find that the writing style leans toward adult rather than YA. One of the things that I love most about YA is that there is usually such a strong sense of voice and involvement. While I was interested in the plot of Delilah Blue, the third-person narrative and sense of detachment made me feel like I was just hearing about someone’s story rather than getting lost in it myself. For a book that sounds like it should be such an emotional experience, I never cared all that much about the characters. I guess the more YA I read, the less I enjoy most adult books. There are certainly some exceptions, but I’m afraid this wasn’t one of them.


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