Friday, 19 February 2016

Clancy of the Undertow

'Clancy of the Undertow' is a stand-out teen novel by Brisbane author and bookseller, Christopher Currie.

Our heroine is Clancy, a sixteen year old girl who lives in a small town and feels like an outsider.
We follow Clancy's life as she attempts to navigate  a pathway.

Her family situation is in difficult territory as her father is involved in a traffic incident where two teenagers die and her family is ostracized.

The relationship with her two male siblings is often hilarious, totally believable and sharp. Quarrels and inter-personal communication are typical of daily family life.

Clancy is keenly aware that she is a nerd, with interests such as 'nature club' adding to her lack of social status. Clancy is funny and flawed - time and time again she makes the wrong decisions and upsets those around her. Clancy develops a crush on one of the 'cool crowd' and the reader soon realises that her 'crush' may not have her best interests at heart.

Engaging storyline and a well-written novel, touching on areas such as bullying, gay issues, and friendship.


- Ann 

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