The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen

The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish CohenPublished by HarperCollins
Publication date: May 21, 2010
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Genres: Canadian Lit, Contemporary, Fiction
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Rating: three-half-stars

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.

In a new novel as witty, sparkling, and poignant as her acclaimed Inside Out Girl, author Tish Cohen uncovers the humor and heart within the most dysfunctional of families.

Kobo recently had a sale on bestsellers and, while meandering the Canadian section hoping for something to pop out at me, I clicked the preview on The Truth About Delilah Blue. Something about the synopsis (likely the “aspiring-artist outsider” bit) appealed to me. It’s not necessarily the type of read I usually reach for, but I’ve been having a rough year for being able to concentrate on novels, so something modern and potentially light seemed a perfect distraction.

Yet Another Reinvention

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What I Watched

Mini-reviews for what I’ve watched so far in January*. I would like to do these on a weekly basis, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Reviews are spoiler-free! They’re too short to ruin lives, I promise.

* To a point. I could review the first two episodes of Community season five, but it’s been so long I’m not prepared to cover it. I could also review Frozen, which I watched several days ago in the local theatre, but … sigh. I just can’t bring myself to do it.

What I Watched: Community & American Horror Story

TV: Community

Episode 5.03: Basic Intergluteal Numismatics
Ley’s rating: 4.5/5
Links: Offical Community Site / IMDB / Wikipedia

I have no idea how they came up with that title, or what it means. At all.

After the disappointment that was season four, I’m glad to see the Community gang is back to what I would consider season three levels. Does Dan Harmon’s presence make a difference? Holy crow, does it ever. Granted, this episode could have been more centered on the group, but I understand why they did what they did — it made the reveal in the third act all the more jarring. Being a huge fan of Hannibal and David Fincher films*, I appreciated the references.

A silly episode, but it was Community in top form once again.

* Fight Club is my absolute favourite movie of all time. Se7en is number two. Yes, I am that ridiculous.

TV: American Horror Story: Coven

Episode 3.10: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks
Ley’s rating: 4/5
Links: Official Coven Site / IMDB / Wikipedia

I greatly enjoy American Horror Story. I enjoy every episode, regardless of how bland (“The Axeman Cometh”) or indulgent (why is Stevie Nicks here simply to play piano for Fiona?) it decides to be. It’s a ridiculous, campy show like some of the very best horror movies.

In typical AHS style, this episode had more WTF moments than ones that made sense. You sort of just have to enjoy the ride. Or the shawl twirling, as the case was.

At least Coven now appears to have a proper villain. Perhaps. Maybe. We’ll see.

Toshio's Cameo in Ju-On White Ghost

This scene is so much more adorable than it should be.

Film: Ju-on White Ghost/Black Ghost

Ley’s rating: White Ghost 4/5 & Black Ghost 3/5
Links: IMDB White Ghost & Black Ghost / Wikipedia

Two short films in the same vein as Ju-on, in the same non-linear style, and taking place in the same area, but entirely unrelated to the Saeki Murder storyline. White Ghost was by far the better of the two, as Black Ghost felt all too familiar and contrived. White Ghost gets points for creeping me out with something that should be laughable instead. Black Ghost gets points for attempting to do something new with the Ju-on grudge ghost concept (it’s black instead of white!) but in the end, it really didn’t work for me at all.

Being a fan of both Japanese horror and the Ju-on series, they were appreciated additions to the franchise, but I really can’t help but want another Kayako/Toshio story. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that’s on its way.

Instead all we get are atrocious Ringu movies. Sadako3D has a sequel. Cripes.

I Don’t Even.

Holy crow, where the eff did 2013 go?!

I know, it’s lame of me to pretend I didn’t notice the year going by. One moment, it was a scalding summer spent in my new apartment, the next it was …

Why is it -20°C outside and still snowing?!

Writing Diary | In Which Ley has an Office & Probably Heatstroke

I intended on writing this post much sooner than I am, but due to the excruciating heat and humidity plaguing Nova Scotia this week, it just hasn’t happened. It’s too hot and gross to think. Yesterday was one of the cooler days, 32°c but with the humidity closer to 40°c. Today is a touch cooler, the apartment finally dropping from 32°c to 29°c, but overall it’s been a pretty disgusting summer so far.

But I digress. The actual purpose of this post is not to whine about heat. Now that I’ve moved into a larger, two-bedroom apartment with the boyfriend, I finally have something I’ve never had before:

My own office.