Realistic and Unapologetic // Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin

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Realistic and Unapologetic // Delicate by C.K. Kelly MartinDelicate by C.K. Kelly Martin
Published by DCB/Dancing Cat Books Genres: Contemporary, Family, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: The Publisher
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Ivy's seemingly perfect, master-of-social-causes boyfriend breaks it off in the school hallway before their final exam. So much for love. It turns out Jeremy wants to get good and laid by someone new over summer vacation, before they both head off to different universities in the fall.

At her grandmother's seventy-fifth birthday party, Ivy is in no mood to socialize. In fact, she's downright delicate. Unfortunately, sixteen-year-old Lucan's peanut allergy reaction happens right in front of her eyes. As Ivy keeps him company the two realize they're second cousins who haven't seen each other in six years due to a mysterious family feud.

The old drama is the last thing on Lucan's mind. He has more immediate problems, like his mom's noisy playtime activities with her brash younger boyfriend. On top of that, Lucan's a constant witness to his best friend's toxic relationship, which he begins to suspect has become abusive.

As the weeks pass, Lucan and Ivy's summer seems more like a minefield of disastrous events - but at least they have their developing friendship with each other to count on. Or is that what's really going on?

My Thoughts:

Delicate was a new to me book that I decided to review on a whim – simply because, HELLO, sounds amazing. It was full of drama; touching on many situations and themes in an unapologetic way I like to see in YA. No sugar-coating at all – and I loved seeing that.

Both Ivy and Lucan are dealing with serious issues in their life and find comfort in each other. It wasn’t an UNHEALTHY kind of comfort either, which was refreshing to read about. Sure, romantic feelings developed but it wasn’t the baseline of their relationship. They start to depend on each other and I liked how Ms. Martin handled their relationship. Especially in the end.

What I loved most about Delicate was how the author tackled so many touchy subjects, without overwhelming me as the reader, and, not undermining each one’s importance. Abuse, sex, toxic relationships, STIs, betrayal and more. It’s educational, realistic and again, unapologetic. There’s not ONE single message from Delicate that the reader will walk away from, its many.

Overall – I really liked it! I’m glad I picked Delicate up and experienced the beginning of Ivy and Lucan’s story. It’s one of those books I wish I had read as a teen. I highly recommend it!

Oh hey, check it out! There’s a giveaway for the book on Goodreads



Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read Delicate? If so, what did you think? Similar thoughts to mine, or different?
  • If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?



6 thoughts on “Realistic and Unapologetic // Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin

    1. tonyalee

      YES! I feel like some YA books are not as realistic TO ME (but they are to others, which is fine) so it’s nice to see one that takes so many difficult things ya know?

    1. tonyalee

      Yes it does! THere’s always a balance because you don’t want it too heavy but you don’t want it too LIGHT either.

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