Monday, 10 October 2016

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

Title; Clancy of the Undertow
Author; Christopher Currie
Series; Stand Alone
Source/Format; eBook, from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher; Text Publishing
Publication Date; November 16th 2015
Goodreads Average Rating; 3.92*s
My Rating; 3*s
Description; We’re sitting there with matching milkshakes, Sasha and me, and somehow, things aren’t going like I always thought they would. We’re face to face under 24-hour fluorescents with the thoroughly unromantic buzz of aircon in our ears and endless flabby wedges of seated trucker’s arsecrack as our only visual stimulus.

In a dead-end town like Barwen a girl has only got to be a little different to feel like a freak. And Clancy, a typical sixteen-year-old misfit with a moderately dysfunctional family, a genuine interest in Nature Club and a major crush on the local hot girl, is packing a capital F.

As the summer begins, Clancy’s dad is involved in a road smash that kills two local teenagers. While the family is dealing with the reaction of a hostile town, Clancy meets someone who could possibly—at last—become a friend. Not only that, the unattainable Sasha starts to show what may be a romantic interest.

In short, this is the summer when Clancy has to figure out who the hell she is.

Review: I have no idea what to say about this book. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. The word meh kind of encompasses my feelings about the entire book...

It was rather...predictable at times. You average lesbian novel written by a seemingly straight white man. With words such as queer used as a slur. Not so happy about that... Also, don't really expect a happy ending, or any kind of ending really. I feel like it was just a bunch of different plot lines leading to an open non ending...

Like I said it wasn't a bad book, it just felt a little...predictable at times for me. And nothing really felt resolved for me. It definitely kept my attention, it's the first time I've read a single book in just over a day in little while, but I'm just entirely unsure whether I would personally recommend it. There has been a lot of love for it over on goodreads, maybe it's just me, but I feel like it's a book you need to form your own opinion on.

All of the characters were flawed, but Clancy feels sort of like an unreliable protagonist because she at times can be a little dramatic... I didn't hate her character though.

It is set in Australia which I did enjoy...

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