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Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie
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Jul 23, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: australian, young-adult

What a brilliant read. Clancy of the Undertow (awesome title) is painful, beautiful and funny, and written with incredible wit and insight. It delivers the kind of raw honesty that makes Australian YA so real and relatable.

Yes, it features a teenage girl coming to terms with her sexuality - handled with remarkable sensitivity. It’s also a study of the complexity of friendship and family. I loved the changing dynamic between Clancy and her brother Angus (and their un-PC banter), and her frequently awkward friendship with Nancy.

Christopher Currie has a wonderful turn of phrase and his dialogue is pure gold. He also captures the insular attitudes and herd mentality that can pervade regional towns. This is a beautifully written coming-of-age story that offers hopes to everyone who feels like an outcast...at any age.
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July 23, 2016 – Shelved
July 23, 2016 – Shelved as: australian
July 23, 2016 – Shelved as: young-adult
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July 24, 2016 – Finished Reading

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