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Posted July 16, 2009
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I'm pretty sure my mom handed me a copy of Dicey's Song (The Tillerman Series #2) during one of our summer reading list deals. Surely you're familiar with the concept. I read so many of the books on the list and she, in turn, gave me some sort of reward. You see this was back in the pre-Chronicles of Narnia phase in my life. The early days when I would rather be rolling down hills or jumping on beds than reading during the summer. Frankly, it's hard for me to look back now and remember such a time even existed. Looking back I'm actually glad I didn't pick it up that summer. Instead I held out long enough to have fallen in love with reading a year or two later as well as discover that it was actually the second book in a series of seven. The Tillerman Cycle follows the four Tillerman kids on their journey in search of home. The entire series is spectacular and covers quite a span of years, at times following close family friends and, in one instance, a relative before returning to the original four in the concluding volume--SEVENTEEN AGAINST THE DEALER. It grips my heart every time I re-read it and is an all too rare example of an author managing to end a long-ish series flawlessly.
Dicey is now 21 years old. Having raised her three siblings in almost every sense of the word, she is now ready for that independence she's been longing for for so long. James is dealing with colleges and scholarships. Maybeth is taking care of Gram and keeping the house together. Sammy is playing enough tennis for four teenage boys. And Jeff is away at school. The perfect time for Dicey to stretch her wings and open that boat business she's always wanted to. After sinking every penny she ever earned into setting up shop and accumulating the necessary tools, Dicey spends all day every day working to pay her rent, with precious few moments leftover to craft that perfect boat she has in her head. In fact, Dicey spends the majority of her time in her own head now. She's always been introverted but she takes it to a new level here, unable to really bring anything else into focus. In the meantime, several important things go by the wayside. Her siblings need her but fear to intrude. Jeff tries to maintain their relationship, give her space at the same time, and not lose himself in the force of Dicey's indomitable will. After her shop is broken into, Dicey reluctantly admits she needs help and takes in a drifter by the name of Cisco Kidd who may be just what he says he is. Or he may turn out to be much, much more than that.
Voigt's writing wraps itself around me just the way music wraps around Dicey. I never want to leave. By book seven, I love this family and these characters so much they feel as though they're mine. There's just something about the Tillermans that's impossible not to admire. And Dicey herself has long been one of my most beloved characters in all of literature. When I was 12 I wanted to be her so much it hurt. I still want to be her. She is the definition of tenacity. To a fault sometimes. That's why it's so beautiful to find this last story was hers alone. She's so far from perfect. She still has things to learn about life and loved ones and not taking any of it for granted. This story is so real in its depiction of the painful entrance to adulthood, the monotonous grind of daily labor, and the process of learning how to love someone the way they need to (and ought to) be loved. It takes my breath away every time.
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Posted December 1, 2007
This book was amazing but in the end she kind of left us in alot of suspence!! I want to know what is happening with Jeff and Dicey!! About their wedding and everything!!I hope she makes another book telling everyone these answers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2005
i want to no what happens next with dicey
i thought the book was really good but i wanted to no what would happen next with dicey and jeff and the whole family the ending just sorta ended at no where the book was awesome tho!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2003
A good read, but not up to Voigt's other work
The intensity of the writing in the first two books of this triology (The Homecoming and Dicey's Song) left me eager for more. This final installment left me disappointed. Dicey is a strong-willed, forward thinking individual in both of the first two books, but here, she suddenly loses focus, fails to think things through and becomes emotionally dependent on her boyfriend and physically dependent on a drifter to help her with her business. Suddenly, Dicey doesn't have the stength of character that carried her (and her family) through the trials of the first two books. Too bad. Dicey is a role model for any girl struggling in a tough situation and Voigt has her falling apart as she reaches adulthood. Not a happy message.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2002
Seventeeen Against the Dealer: Sometimes Boring
17 year old Dicey Tillerman is obligated to help her grandmother raised her two younger siblings, Sammie and Maybeth, and worrying about her brother, James, who is away at college.1 While running her boat business, Dicey learns that dropping out of school because of her mother¿s death wasn¿t a good idea. After Dicey¿s mother died, Dicey took her three younger siblings and moved to live with her aunt. After that didn¿t work out, she had no other option except live with her grandmother. Dicey has to deal with Maybeth¿s mild retardation, Sammy¿s constant fighting, and James¿ absence from the home. Cynthia displays Dicey¿s frustration with life and her family in a way that makes the reader feel what Dicey feels. The author did slow down the plot a little too much during the beginning of the book, although it improved the book in many ways. My rating of Cynthia Voigt¿s Seventeen Against the dealer would be a C- because I have taken off points for the basic fact that the book was much more boring than the previous book in this trilogy, Dicey¿s Song. I would unmistakably recommend this book to other eighth graders, especially ones who are more recurrent readers than I am. Finished Tuesday, November 12, 2002Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2000
17 Against the Dealer--Strong, yet Subtle
Cynthia Voigt's writing style is beautiful--each and every sentence can be taken out of context and still be fluid. I love the way the whole book is written. It is surprisingly blunt and earnest, yet tied in with the simplicity there are philosophical concepts. These are the bonds that hold her book together. They stay in my mind for the rest of my life. The simple relationships between Dicey and Cisco, Dicey and her family, Dicey and Jeff seem so realistic. The way Dicey thinks is crystal clear. It's like you ARE Dicey and you are in her situation. A very enjoyable book-- I couldn't put it down because it was so involving.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2000
Cynthia reviews her book
I'm Cynthia Voight. I admit, this book is sensational, but it's not my best. Please continue reading my books. My daughter, sarah, will soon be taking on my roll as an author. The year is 1984. I am very ill and I hope you will believe me when I say becoming an author is the best thing in life. This is sarah, my mother passed on a little while ago. i would have posted this sooner, but I couldn't find it in my heart to except the fact that she is dying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2009
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