Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin | REVIEW

DelicateDelicate by C.K. Kelly Martin
Published by Dancing Cat Books on November 21st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 248
Format: E-Book


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?


* I received an advanced ebook from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion or my review *

Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin is a contemporary Young Adult novel that deals with some serious and rather touchy issues teens and young adults may go through.

Delicate portrays teenage life in a realistic way and doesn’t hide the fact that it can also be the most difficult time in one’s life. You will not only enjoy the story, but also become aware and learn a thing or two.



Delicate speaks to a number of hard hitting issues that teens and young adults, even some adults go through on a daily basis. Our main character Ivy goes through a break up because her long time boyfriend wants to have sex with someone new before heading off to university in the fall. Because of this we get to experience her anguish, her heartbreak, and her anger.

With a moments lapse of judgment she contracts and STI from unprotected sex. This is a very common issue with young people these days. As it is common to have sex with multiple partners, it also makes it easier to contract such STI’s.

There is also abusive relationships. No one deserves to get hit, not a man and not a woman. Martin does very well executing this story arc with emotions, action and solutions.


With such hard hitting issues as those listed above, Martin does very well with making it real. Most times writing of these types of issues can come off as judgmental and condescending. But Martin’s writing makes you feel how real it can be. She makes you understand it, and that it is ok to talk about it with people.

After reading the book I walked away with more knowledge on these issues then I did prior to reading it. It takes real talent to make a reader learn something, but not have it take away from the story itself.



Overall the book moves at a very slow pace as it flips back and forth from both main characters points of view. And for that reason it was a bit dull at times. I understand why it had to be done, I just wish the story progressed a bit quicker then it was going.


Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin was a very enjoyable read for me. I really like books that I can take something away from. This story was touching and sweet, but also real and intellectual.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels that tackle real life issues!

Here is a link to the GoodReads page if you’re interested in checking it out!

Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin

Until next time,

Sig New


C.K. Kelly MartinMost of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major, not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies but a fine way to get a general arts education. After graduation I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz.

I always thoughts I’d get around to writing in earnest eventually and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I’d discovered that young adult fiction felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once!

As a writer, I’m naturally crazy about good books – but also good movies and good music. My recommended reading list is available on this site, along with a collection of literary and general interest links and other assorted favourites. An avid interest in web site design prompted me to design my first writer’s site, The Start of, which was named one of the top ten in Writer’s Digest 2001 Best Web Site Competition. The C.K. Kelly Martin web site is now my main site – every inch designed and maintained by me.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin often (although not as often as I’d like!) while working on novels about young people. My first YA book, I Know It’s Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death , My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday’s sequel, Tomorrow, in October and put out my first {new} adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My next YA book, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, will be published by Cormorant Books’ Dancing Cat Books imprint in fall 2014.



  1. Awesome review, Jesse! I really love the format of how you structured your review, it’s great! And as for the review itself, this book sounds pretty interesting! It tackled a very sensitive teen/YA subject that we all need some more awareness about and knowledge of what it’s like for people. I definitely think we need to learn not to criticise people so much for things such as the issues dealt in this novel! Loved it! 😊

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