By Rachel Popa
While the stark and dramatic title of “Deliver Her” may make the book seem dramatic and deep, it could not be further from it.
The circumstances in the beginning of the novel, however, are dire. Alex Carmody, a 16-year-old high school student, is grieving over the death of her best friend, Cass. In an effort to deal with her emotions, she drinks and takes pills, worrying her mother, Meg.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, to say the least. Grief is a complex combination of several emotions: anger, sadness, denial, and more. However, the only emotion Alex ever seems to show is brattiness, to put it lightly.
When dialogue between Alex and Meg contains text-speak such as “OMG,” it is hard to take anything they say seriously. Somehow, the author of the novel, Patricia Perry Donovan, reduced the struggle of dealing with a loved one’s death to something that is trite and juvenile.
Not allowing Alex to speak in a coherent and respectable manner (because every young person says OMG, right?), Donovan paints her out to be a one-dimensional stereotype that is not worth taking seriously. Donovan definitely missed an opportunity to conjure up a dynamic and relatable character by not fully fleshing out Alex’s dialogue.
Overall, “Deliver Her” falls short in the areas that it could benefit from the most. In a novel that focuses on the relationships between characters, Donovan should have at least made those characters worth caring about and respecting.
Two out of four torches