Winner of three independent book awards: NIEA, Readers' Favorites and Beverly Hills Book Awards. Obsessed with sailing, Leslie Nack's larger-than-life Norwegian father has a dream to live on a sailboat and show his three daughters the world. And although it takes years, in 1975 he finally completes his preparation and sets his sights on French Polynesia. But when they begin their journey, Leslie, who has just turned 14, faces a disturbing reality: her father, who's crossed boundaries in the past, is not to be trusted...and she's trapped with him on a 45-foot sailboat.
Intense and inspiring, Fourteen is a coming-of-age adventure story about a girl who – with the help of the ocean, which alternately serves as her solace and her savior - comes into her own power and finds the strength to fight back against abuse.
©2015 Leslie Johansen Nack (P)2016 Leslie Johansen Nack
A sailing adventure about a young girl's struggles with her father...and the sea.
Leslie is an excellent writer and many of her passages pulled me into the story. Here is one that really stood out for me: “The hatch closed, leaving me alone (at the helm) again. The world of stars and ocean took over my heart and soul. The comforting sound of the ocean sloshing against the hull filled my ears as the boat pushed forward.
Yes, although I rarely have that luxury.
While I liked the story, the way it ends made the book unsatisfying. Way to many unanswered questions. Much of the story revolves around the family members and yet it ends with no wrap up of what has happened to them since or future sailing or anything. I found myself caring about and interested in the family characters only to be left hanging
"A lesson in the courage children teach us all"
Living life with parents who are unable to nourish and love in the way parents should often defeats the soft souls of children...but in this touching and often painful story, again i am humbled to have been able to understand what so many untold stories happen every day. Inspiring and a lesson in just how wise young children can be....and how deeply they will fight to survive hellish experiences in tact, with grace and with hope.
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