Winner of five independent book awards: NIEA, Readers' Favorites, Next Generation Indie, Independent Press Award 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.
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Do you mean if I had it to do over again would I listen to it? Definitely. If you mean do I want to listen to it again, I'd rather listen to Leslie's next book. Too many good unread books in the world to listen to the same one twice.
I like Leslie's voice and her willingness to let us in to all sides of the family relationship. She dealt with some very hard issues and I think conveyed well the double-sided nature of her relationship with her father.
I think her voice is consistent with the young girl, as conveyed in the book. Granted, she is this young girl, but her adult self. Nonetheless, the reading was believable and effective.
Yes. It wasn't possible, but I would have enjoyed listening to it on a long trip in the car. On the other hand, even though I listened to it in 12 or more sessions, there was no problem picking up with the plot session to session.
I am anxious to find out what happened to the characters next. Leslie seemed to be such a strong young woman. I can't imagine having a father who was a sexual predator and I am very interested to know what effect this has had on her life since, whether her sisters faced the same problems, and how this very complicated family continued to function. There are really two main plots here--the incredible adventures of the journey coupled with the complexity and narcissistic personality of the dominant father. I know she is writing her next book. I'll be here with an ear cocked!!! I really enjoyed this book and plaudits to Leslie for both the telling and reading of the tale. Good job.
- Judy Dykstra-Brown
Adventure and Heartache on the High Seas
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.