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Theresa "Tee" Stanford figures her life is smooth sailing, but everything changes when a drunk driver hits her father, leaving him mentally disabled. With her last year of high school looming, Tee can no longer rely on her old dreams for the future.
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Overview

Theresa "Tee" Stanford figures her life is smooth sailing, but everything changes when a drunk driver hits her father, leaving him mentally disabled. With her last year of high school looming, Tee can no longer rely on her old dreams for the future.
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Editorial Reviews

Katie Stuart
"You are drawn in...from the very first page...This is a very intense, very real book."
Independently Reviewed
Deirdre Baker
"Waldorf's novel achieves a Nancy Drew breeziness while at the same time addressing serious issues."
Toronto Star
Dave Jenkinson
"A meaty read, Fighting the Current will leave thoughtful readers asking 'Who am I?'"
Editor, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Theresa Stanford, 17, is adjusting to the serious blows that life has dealt her. Her parents are divorced, and she doesn't get along with her mother. Her father was recently hit by a car and left with the mental abilities of a kindergartner. Then, the drunk driver's vindictive brother sets fire to the house where Theresa lives with her aunt. It burns to the ground and Aunt George dies in the blaze. But not everything is dark. The teen finds herself drawn to Ethan, a new boy in her Canadian town, and he helps her through her problems. He knows a lot about coping, because his beloved sister has cystic fibrosis. Ethan and Theresa's relationship has believable trials, but overall it grows and, by the end, they're planning a life together. Her dad improves, and he and her mother, who discover that they are still very much in love, plan to remarry. Although Theresa finds this troubling, she and her mother eventually form a truce. The book has a few minor flaws: the dialogue is sometimes stilted and preachy and many of the scenes and conflict resolutions are told rather than shown. However, the most important moments are always dramatized. The characters are believably imperfect, and they work through their troubles in realistic ways.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894222921
  • Publisher: Lobster Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Waldorf was born in Ottawa and raised in small-town Eastern Ontario. She now lives in Toronto with Moose, a twelve-year-old golden retriever. Heather is addicted to green tea, jigsaw puzzles, mystery novels and the tv show Bones. Also a lover of the great outdoors, she's never written a novel that doesn't, at some point, put the main character in a canoe. Heather has written several books for teen readers; Leftovers is her first book with Orca Book Publishers.
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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.com

    Tee's senior year of high school should be filled with happy memories of friends, family, and college dreams. It's anything but that. A local drunk hit her father and he's in rehabilitation with the ability of a five-year-old. Since she doesn't have much of a relationship with her mother, Tee is living with an aunt who is a popular author. <BR/><BR/>It's time for Tee to put her life back together. She is a good student and wants to get an early acceptance to a prestigious university. Ethan is a new student and the two have more than a study relationship. <BR/><BR/>They find out that they both have home situations that are different than the norm: Ethan's younger sister struggles with cystic fibrosis and, like Tee's father, hospital and doctor visits are a part of life. <BR/><BR/>Tee's father loved the outdoors and was working with her to build a canoe. It's left unfinished in the garage and it's a reminder of the past. Tee knows she's got to move forward, but where does her father fit in? How about her mother, too, who is longing for the family that she once had?. There are more tragedies ahead, as well. Can Tee rebuild what has been broken and also finish what's been started? <BR/><BR/>I absolutely loved FIGHTING THE CURRENT. It's one of the best I've read in a long time. I found myself wondering what Tee was going to do. This book was full of unpredictability and surprises. This book's theme appeared to be that even though relationships can change over time, love remains and you have to see it in a different light. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Fighting the Current

    Teresa Stanford is a just an ordinary high school teenager trying to live her life until something tragic happens is her family. Her father Mel gets hit by a drunk driver while on his way home from work one day. He is left with rehabilitation with the ability of a five-year-old. She is now living with her aunt because of her poor relationship with her mother. As soon as she tries to put her life back together and has a goal to get an early acceptance to a prestigious university someone new enters her life, Ethan, who later on goes from being her best friend to something more than that. The both realize they are not much different from each other. They both have tough home lives. Ethan lives with a sister with cystic fibrosis and, like Tee's father, hospital and doctor visits are a part of life. Teresa¿s father Mel had always had a dream of building this magnificent canoe and taking it out on this grand trip with his daughter. But ever since the accident it has been left untouched, uncompleted in the garage with a huge reminder of what happened before the accident occurred. Teresa must move forward because the reminder of that very canoe upsets her father dearly whenever brought up. Whatever will happen next? I absolutely loved this book. I couldn¿t keep my hands off of it! It was written in a way that I could really understand. This is now my favorite novel and is probably the best book I have ever read. The book was very interesting. It really made me learn about some teenagers¿ lives and what they go through all the time. I loved the fact that there was a little romance in the book between Teresa and Ethan. That was probably what I liked the most about the story. The main message of the story I thought was to ¿fight the current¿. To me ¿fighting the current¿ means that whatever life brings to the table overcome it, be yourself, and accomplish all of your dreams to the best of your ability, don¿t let anyone stop you. This book defiantly deserves 2 thumbs up and 5 stars. Read this book you will really enjoy it!

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