'Funny, gritty, absorbing.'Kirkus
'This Australian import has already made waves overseas and is now coming to captivate the StatesChristopher Currie's writing has already been compared to John Green, if that's any indication. It feels realistic, opting for an honest portrayal rather than the glossed-over version of teenage life, friendship, family, and love.'Bustle
'A compelling coming-of-age story set in a dead-end Queensland town that's imbued with warmth, empathy and real wit... Clancy of the Undertow blends the excruciation, confusion, and hope of being a teenager into a novel that will pull in readers of any age.'Guardian
Realistic contemporary teen fiction about the value of friendship, family, and being yourself.
Clancy is a bit of an outsider, and her family have stopped bothering to really communicate with each other. But when her dad is involved in a car accident that kills two local teens the town turns against her family. Clancy's family has to work out how to understand the events, deal with the anger of the community and tackle their own challenges.
Funny and wry, Clancy perfectly conveys the confusion and hope of being a teenager. An insightful novel about growing up and figuring out who you are, this will appeal to fans of John Green.
Christopher Currie is a writer and bookseller, whose fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals internationally. His first novel, The Ottoman Motel, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Queensland Literary Awards in 2012. Clancy is his first YA novel.
|Publisher:||Text Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Christopher Currie is a writer and bookseller from Brisbane, whose fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals internationally. His first novel, The Ottoman Motel, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Queensland Literary Awards in 2012. Clancy is his first YA novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Clancy is a not-yet-out gay Australian girl who hasn’t completely come to terms with her feelings. As if that isn’t enough for a teenager to deal with, she lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone and her father was involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of two local teenagers. Let the soul-searching and self-discovery begin! Clancy is someone I would want to be friends with. She’s witty, smart, interesting, just the right amount adventurous, loyal to the few people she truly cares about, and a big enough person to realize when she’s messed up and own it. Of course, she’s a teenager, and she acts like one, and I appreciate the realness of that as well. More than that, Clancy feels like an outsider, which is relatable to a lot of us. She’s just coming to terms with the fact that she likes girls and hasn’t told anyone. Her family is a bit dysfunctional. She only has one quasi-friend. And she feels like a nerd because she goes to Nature Club and loves it, but she doesn’t feel she fits in there either. Despite all of this, she tries. She continues to do what she likes, she doesn’t deny her feelings, and she takes opportunities to connect, even in unlikely circumstances. And the accident, which is really just background, actually serves to highlight all that she has, and acts as a springboard to a better understanding of her family and herself. A great piece of contemporary YA. It isn’t too heavy or overly complex, but addresses the topics of family dynamics, the usual struggles of being a teenager, of trying to find your place in the world, of coming to terms with who you are and what you want, and it does so in an approachable and relatable way. The one thing I would note, not as a complaint or discouragement, but simply something to be aware of, there were a fair number of regional/geographical colloquialisms that I was unfamiliar with. FYI: A doona is a kind of bed covering. In all seriousness though, a really, really good read. Note: I received this book from the publisher. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.