Published by Chronicle Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Friendship
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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?
You know when you start a book and you’re just SO SURE you’re going to love it? Well, that’s exactly how I felt about Get It Together, Delilah! It’s so sweet, so much fun, so quick to whizz through because Delilah, or Del, actually, is just the most amazing MC you’ll ever come across. I loved how forthright she was about everything – her sexuality, her dad’s cafe, she just took on the world without any hesitancy and that was amazing. It’s one of those books that just makes you so freaking happy. Plus yay for Aussie contemporaries because, damn, those are hard to find!
Not only is Delilah an epic, epic girl – I literally wanted to beg her to be my best friend, I swear but she also has some pretty amazing friends herself. Charlie, first off, is the best friend to end all best friends – they have adventures (that may or may not end in Charlie punching someone), he helps her with the Flywheel, he listens to Delilah when she talks about Rosa, it was just the easiest friendship, ever. Then there’s Lauren, Lucas, Micha, and all the Flywheel regulars who chip in to help Del. There’s this real sense of community, ignoring the fact there’s a competing cafe, they were all just idiots who needed a punch in the face (Hey, Charlie, finally someone for you to punch for good reasons).
But what really made the book for me was Del and Rosa. *Happy sigh* Right from the start, when Del is watching Rosa dance, it just made me feel so happy. It was just so sweet and touching! And then when they get to know each other *More happy sighs*. It really was a bit of a balm for Del, after what had happened previously, with Georgina (and boy did I want her to get some comeuppance) and while Del does kinda push everyone away, I liked that she came to her senses (eventually) and got her friends back, and didn’t irrevocably ruin everything. Get It Together, Delilah! is easily one of my favourite contemporaries. It had everything, INCLUDING caramel milkshakes. It had romance, laughter, friendship, beating the odds, overcoming adversity, all that good stuff that makes a book so unputdownable. You *must* read this book! It was just… everything.