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Dicey Tillerman has big dreams. She's started a boatbuilding business, and she's determined to prove she can succeed on her own. So at first she resists the offer of help from Cisco, the mysterious stranger who turns up at her shop. But running a business doesn't leave much time for the people Dicey treasures-- her grandmother, her younger siblings, and her boyfriend. WheDicey Tillerman has big dreams. She's started a boatbuilding business, and she's determined to prove she can succeed on her own. So at first she resists the offer of help from Cisco, the mysterious stranger who turns up at her shop. But running a business doesn't leave much time for the people Dicey treasures-- her grandmother, her younger siblings, and her boyfriend. When the trust Dicey puts in Cisco turns out to be misplaced, it seems as if Dicey could lose everything -- has she discovered too late what really matters to her?...

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Seventeen Against the Dealer Reviews

  • Angie
    2019-05-11 09:16

    I'm pretty sure my mom handed me a copy of Dicey's Song during one of our summer reading list deals. Surely you're familiar with the concept. I read so many of the books on the list and she, in turn, gave me some sort of reward. You see this was back in the pre-Chronicles of Narnia phase in my life. The early days when I would rather be rolling down hills or jumping on beds than reading during the summer. Frankly, it's hard for me to look back now and remember such a time even existed. I'm pretty sure it was a list from the local library and that most of the books on it were award winners of some sort. As Dicey's Song was the Newbery winner for 1983, it was definitely on the list. Looking back I'm actually glad I didn't pick it up that summer. Instead I held out long enough to have fallen in love with reading a year or two later as well as discover that it was actually the second book in a series of seven. The Tillerman Cycle follows the four Tillerman kids on their journey in search of home. The entire series is spectacular and covers quite a span of years, at times following close family friends and, in one instance, a relative before returning to the original four in the concluding volume--SEVENTEEN AGAINST THE DEALER. This final book hasn't gotten the attention it deserves, IMO. I'm still unable to pick my favorite of the series. Dicey's Song is an absolute classic and A Solitary Blue is breathtaking (and won the Newbery Honor a year later). But SEVENTEEN AGAINST THE DEALER grips my heart every time I re-read it and is an all too rare example of an author managing to end a long-ish series flawlessly.Dicey is now 21 years old. Having raised her three siblings in almost every sense of the word, she is now ready for that independence she's been longing for for so long. James is dealing with colleges and scholarships. Maybeth is taking care of Gram and keeping the house together. Sammy is playing enough tennis for four teenage boys. And Jeff is away at school. The perfect time for Dicey to stretch her wings and open that boat business she's always wanted to. After sinking every penny she ever earned into setting up shop and accumulating the necessary tools, Dicey spends all day every day working to pay her rent, with precious few moments leftover to craft that perfect boat she has in her head. In fact, Dicey spends the majority of her time in her own head now. She's always been introverted but she takes it to a new level here, unable to really bring anything else into focus. In the meantime, several important things go by the wayside. Her siblings need her but fear to intrude. Jeff tries to maintain their relationship, give her space at the same time, and not lose himself in the force of Dicey's indomitable will. After her shop is broken into, Dicey reluctantly admits she needs help and takes in a drifter by the name of Cisco Kidd who may be just what he says he is. Or he may turn out to be much, much more than that.Voigt's writing wraps itself around me just the way music wraps around Dicey. I never want to leave. By book seven, I love this family and these characters so much they feel as though they're mine. There's just something about the Tillermans that's impossible not to admire. And Dicey herself has long been one of my most beloved characters in all of literature. When I was 12 I wanted to be her so much it hurt. Truth be told, I still want to be her. She tackles her problems with nothing but her own two hands and an inability to fail. She is the definition of tenacity. To a fault sometimes. But she knows what's important and she takes care of her own. That's why it's so beautiful to find this last story was hers alone. And to find that after everything she's been through, she's so far from perfect. She still has things to learn about life and loved ones and not taking any of it for granted. This story is so real in its depiction of the painful entrance to adulthood, the monotonous grind of daily labor, and the process of learning how to love someone the way they need to (and ought to) be loved. It takes my breath away every time. SEVENTEEN AGAINST THE DEALER stands on its own, but don't cheat yourself and start with the last. Read all seven books for the full experience. If you're short on time you could probably get by with just the three (Dicey's Song, A Solitary Blue, and this one). But only if you're short...

  • Elsa K
    2019-05-12 08:24

    Another solid 4.5. Although I think I would give the overall series 5 stars. I can't decide which of the books I like the best. I love them all as they each give glimpses into the life of the Tillermans. I know these are books I read as a child, but reading as an adult, I love them even more. I think these books shaped bits of the person I became. I feel such a love for this family and they have become real to me. These books show an individual family overcoming adverse circumstances thrust on them by life. The family learns to work together to get through and as individuals to be who they were created to be. I was so sad to finish this one as I'll miss my 'book friends' dearly.The ending of this one was just okay to me. It was fine as an individual book, but I didn't love it as the finale to the series. I wished it ended with the immediate Tillerman group together instead of James at school. I was glad there was the New Years Day scene earlier in the book that brought many familiar faces into play. I guess I just wanted more- more Mina, more Maybeth, hearing more of what happens to everyone. But a book is just a snapshot in the lives of the characters and not as exhaustive as I would like. I did want to know what Maybeth's future was, that seemed the most cloudy to me. Even though I love Dicey I was frustrated by her much of this book. I was thankful she seemed to learn from her mistakes. I felt so bad for Jeff especially with all the wounds he already had from his negligent mom. I kept thinking how Dicey was reinforcing all those core identity issues he already struggled with!My biggest thought was that Cisco had to be their dad! From the moment I met him I couldn't get that theory out of my mind, I felt like it kept being confirmed. I awaited the big reveal that never came! I started searching the internet and didn't find many other supporters of my hypothesis until I started looking at goodreads reviews. Whew. I was thankful I wasn't alone.More for my own peace of mind than anything else, I'm listing my reasons.-his 'character' completely fits- bragging, proud, sexist, intelligent, a 'likable jerk', a gambler, knowledge of boats and sea life, similar past with jobs and travel-he visited Bullet in "The Runner" in a similar way.-his name! CISco and FranCIS. Dicey knew Cisco wasn't his real name- he was the right age, build, sparkling eyes as others described Francis.-he was interested in what Dicey had to say, wanted to know how many siblings she had and what they were doing, was impressed James was at Yale, was sad when he heard Momma died, asked about Gram.-he reminded me of James how he spouted facts and reminded me of Sammy how he was tough and stubborn.-he asked Dicey where she got her name like he already knew the answer, and Dicey even almost tells her from her father who left them!-he never interacts with Gram or the brothers who would've realized who he was.He just HAS to be their dad. And how sad that he mistreated Dicey once again. He really is the adversary of the whole series. But Dicey uses what happens to reconcile with Jeff. The family once again pulls together. Unfortunately Francis/Cisco misses out on getting to know his amazing children. I wish there were more books in the Tillerman Cycle, sad to say goodbye.Update: let me share that I managed to email Ms. Voigt. She wrote me back a kind response, not confirming my theory as fact, but solidifying in my mind that I was correct! She's the best! I was in awe!

  • Alexis
    2019-05-19 07:39

    Seventeen Against the Dealer is the last book in the Tillerman Saga by Cynthia Voigt. In the final installment, Dicey Tillerman is 21 years old and determined to run her own boat building business. But Dicey's blind determination and stubborn attitude about doing everything her own way has repercussions with her family, her business, and her boyfriend, Jeff. Dicey finally begins to realize she needs to accept help, but she places her trust in the wrong person, and everything she's worked for starts to fall apart.I want to first say that every other book in this series is amazing. Simply written, with tremendous insight and detail, the series overall is wonderful to read and draws you into its world completely. That said, this book was very disappointing to me. I started it sometime last year, so it took me over eight months to get through, at least. I finally finished it yesterday, but only because I was giving the whole series away at a Book Swap Party. The most frustrating thing was Dicey's behavior. The book is all about the mistakes she makes, and yes, at the end she learns her lesson. However, I felt that with all Dicey had been through over the course of the series, she would have been much smarter than she acted here. She does a lot of stupid things, and often her response is numbness or "well, she didn't know." And yes, that is a valid reason for making a mistake, and it leads to a Socratic revelation about the wonder of all the things she doesn't know, but even without knowing the specifics of the things she was getting into, I really thought she had more common sense. Dicey at 21 is not the same Dicey who, at 13 (in Homecoming), kept her siblings together and found them a home. The characteristics she retained upon growing older were obstinacy and willfulness. She lost the wariness and family honor that kept her going as an adolescent. And somewhere along the way, her focus narrowed and she forgot about everyone else close to her. In addition, she is quick to judge those around her, and every time she learns something new about them, she just as quickly revises her opinion. I almost wish I hadn't read this one. It's not a terrible book, but I liked Dicey so much as a character and reading this kind of ruined it for me. She just keeps making stupid mistakes, and the way she treats Jeff is unbelievable. I still give it three stars because I can understand part of it; I can understand wanting to drop everything - school, family, all distractions - and trying to do something totally on your own. And it was great seeing how the storylines of all the other characters ended up. But Dicey is just so relentlessly stupid and stubborn, and it's really all of her decisions surrounding her boat business and the character of Cisco that made this such a difficult read for me. Regardless, the series is seven books, not one, and it's an amazing teen series overall.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-08 05:33

    I was glad to see the focus return to Dicey for this, the final book of the Tillerman family cycle, but I was rather disappointed in the final product. Much like Sons from Afar, this felt like more of a character exploration than an actual book. I spent most of the book dreading the results of each mistake Dicey made, and there wasn't much of a pay-off at the end. Considering this was the final book of a seven book series, I think was hoping for more of a wrap-up to it all.True, in real life, things don't wrap up neatly most of the time, so I suppose this was rather realistic, but after spending all that time with the Tillermans, I would have liked a more complete ending.In the end, I thought Dicey's Song and A Solitary Blue were the best books of the bunch, and that it kind of petered off from there. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and was glad to have discovered this series.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-28 09:26

    I wish I could read about every year of Dicey Tillerman's life. The first two books in the Tillerman cycle, Homecoming and Dicey's Song, are both moving, timeless books about Dicey, an extremely difficult, yet amazingly strong and resilient young woman. The next several books in the cycle focus on secondary character's, and although I enjoyed most of these, especially Jeff's story, A Solitary Blue, I read them mostly to keep tabs on Dicey, even if it was only through the eyes of her friend's and family. I was very excited to reach the last book of the cycle, Seventeen Against the Dealer, because like the first two books, it is told through Dicey's eyes. While it was nowhere near as strongly plotted as the first two books, it still was very satisfying to get another glimpse into the life and the mind of this singular character. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it!

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-28 12:31

    This is a book in the Tillerman series but it mostly stands on its own. Dicey is an extremely independently minded hard worker. She'd dreamed of building boats her whole childhood, ever since she helped to restore one. She quits collage to work to get seed money for a boat building business. She's so single minded that she starts to lose people in her life one at a time through sheer neglect. I really admire Dicey's determination and drive and I like that this book shows the flip side of the will to succeed. Drive has a cost and sometimes it's too high to pay.

  • Carol C
    2019-05-17 06:11

    3.5 stars. In some ways, this was a nice wrap-up to the Tillerman cycle. I was frustrated with some of Dicey's choices, but the warm family interactions that I've come to expect from Voight's storytelling were present through the book. A huge frustration was the appearance of the Cisco character, who I assumed from the beginning was Dicey's father. I still think he must have been, despite the fact that he stole from her and disappeared. I really wanted more from this storyline.

  • Kate
    2019-04-21 04:14

    A detailed conclusion to the Tillerman books that is very true to the characters' established personalities. Dicey's conflict with Jeff was so well done, and so plausible for the kind of person she is. There's little growth here for Sammy, Maybeth, or James, but this is Dicey's book - the one where we get to see what she's like as an adult. This is a satisfying series that leaves you wanting more, but not NEEDING more.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-27 04:32

    The final book in the Tillerman Cycle returns to Dicey, the oldest of the siblings, who has quit college to start her own boat building business. She has it all planned out and she has some luck, but this is a Cynthia Voigt novel. This isn't a final book sailing to a neat conclusion and happy ending. Instead Dicey struggles through problems, has issues with her family, suffers the unkindness of others, and has to face up to when she's wrong and deal with the consequences. But she has her family. It's a strong, mature story that does point towards potential futures and endings, but focusses on that point of moving from adolescence to adulthood and how that doesn't actually mean you know what you're doing.

  • Misti
    2019-05-09 05:28

    Dicey Tillerman is 21, and ready to start her own business... or so she thinks. The plan: make enough money on boat storage and repair to cover expenses, and then build dinghies to sell, and eventually larger sailboats. Unfortunately, things begin to go wrong almost immediately...There’s a lot of stress in this book. In some ways, it’s even more stressful than Homecoming, because Dicey’s work separates her from her family, and they’re all better off when they are working things out together. Voigt does a great job with the characters, of course — Cisco, in particular, is a perfectly balanced mix, charming and offensive by turns. Though the earlier books will always be my favorites, I have a deeper appreciation for this one now than I did as a teen.

  • Cdubbub
    2019-05-19 07:34

    4 and a half stars. I never thought boat building could be so exciting until I read about Dicey doing it. I loved this final book of the series and was grateful to have Dicey's vantage point to conclude it

  • Dana Buske
    2019-05-03 07:38

    Boring and depressing. A sad ending to a nice series.

  • Rosalyn Leigh
    2019-04-25 08:34

    Stunning book and series altogether. I never tire of Ms. Voigt's mastery.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-21 10:15

    As in The Runner, Seventeen against the Dealer has a more distinctly young adult feel to it than the other books in The Tillerman Cycle. Cynthia Voigt catches new angles with each of these seven compelling books, and in this one she shows how the independent Dicey, wanting to create her own niche in the world and be a success in her own way, is actually more innocent then she thinks herself, and if she ventures out into the adult world there will be people who will be willing to take advantage of her, people who will form their own opinions about her and try to cut her down. I nearly gave this four stars, because the insight into Dicey's relationship with Jeff is stunningly real and heartbreaking. I almost found myself in tears at several points while reading this book. In fact, what makes this book as good as it is would be the heartfelt story of Dicey and Jeff. As always, the story builds very well and the tone of the entire narrative is resonant and memorable. I might have liked the other books better (though I think that I would place this ahead of Sons From Afar), but I loved to once again read about the Tillermans, and I know that when the name "Cynthia Voigt" is printed on the cover, I am in for an excellent story. Ultimately, this might be the best series of books that I have ever read. In fact, I am certain it is.

  • Megan
    2019-05-10 06:36

    I liked this ending to the series. I loved seeing the way the characters had progressed, I liked returning to Dicey and exploring her character and choices once more, and I loved the question marks that remained at book's end. Will Dicey and Jeff get along in their marriage? I think yes, though it's clear it won't always be smooth sailing. Will Dicey learn to value relationships better? I think so. Is Cisco Dicey's father? I think that one's nebulous, but to me, the answer is yes. He's painted to be that way for sure, and his actions are true to what we know of Dicey's father. Cynthia Voigt isn't one to make a happy ending just for happy endings' sake; she likes to stay rooted in realism. I respect that about her a lot, and I appreciated the way this book ended. Throughout, I felt Dicey's pain, cringed through her mistakes, recognized and remembered this period of growing up in myself, and felt Voigt had done a good job of exploring it. Once more, I loved the place descriptions as well. I don't know precisely what it is about the Tillermans that fascinates me (their struggles? their ability to overcome difficult circumstances?), but they do. I can't get them out of my head.

  • Tori Hook
    2019-04-29 05:33

    Seventeen Against the Dealer is the last book in Cynthia Voigt's incredible, moving Tillerman cycle. Eight years after the start of the first book, Homecoming, Seventeen Against the Dealer has Dicey starting a boat building business. However, as her business grows, her focus on her family and her relationships diminishes. Throughout the novel, Dicey must learn to balance work and life.I was so excited to get back to Dicey's point of view. I really loved reading Jeff's and Mina's, but Dicey's distinct voice and character are by far my favorite. While this book didn't necessarily have huge, dramatic events, it was still one of my favorites in the series. The gentle, rhythmic movement of the plot and Voigt's (as per usual) wonderfully expressive writing style weaved together a quietly moving story. I must say, I'm kind of sad that the series is over, but I can't wait to reread it again.

  • Fran
    2019-04-26 04:12

    In this 7th and final book in the Tillerman Cycle, 21-year-old Dicey has dropped out of college and is determined to start a boat building business. With sheer determination and hard work, she is convinced that her dream will become a reality. Though her single-mindedness has served her well in the past, this time it almost destroys everything she values. Dicey is taken advantage of and betrayed because of her naiveté and inexperience, and while she devotes her time and energy to the business, she neglects Jeff, her sick grandmother, and her siblings. In time, she realizes what is most important to her and adjusts her plans accordingly. Wonderful character development allows readers to empathize with the struggles and decisions of the Tillerman family, and the love and support they have for each other is a rare and welcomed theme in YA lit.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-12 08:19

    Of all the Tillerman series books, I really liked this one a lot. A lot of lessons are to be learned in this book. As I was reading, I kept wanting to change the story. I didn't want Dicey to make some of the mistakes she made. I thought she would have been smarter than that. I realized she is only human because before this book I had such a high opinion of her character. Not that I don't still love her character; I just realized she isn't perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. Also, she is ONLY 17. Because of her life's situation, I always felt like she was older than that. I guess this book just reminded me a little bit of myself.The reason I only gave it a 4 is because I don't like that this is the end to the series. I feel like I need more and I'm not sure why Cynthia Voigt decided to end the story here.

  • joyce lynn
    2019-04-29 10:16

    oh, i SO want to climb thru this book and beat the crap out of the kids' father again!!!the author found a good way to end the series, i think. everyone is doing well. wish she'd touched a bit more on one of the other characters, so that part of the story got wound up a bit better, but ... boy, we really DO take some knowledge for granted. there are SO many things that some of us just do naturally, and then assume others know, so we don't tell them. i know i've been in Dicey's position a few more times than i'd like, but unfortunately, i've probably put someone else there w/out realizing it also.ok, for now, i'm off the "kiddie's" list, and back to "big people's" books again!

  • Pei Pei
    2019-04-27 09:21

    I actually enjoyed this more upon re-reading it. While I still felt some choices and actions seemed out of character for Dicey, I related to her better now that I'm older and can look back on myself at her age. I was a teenager when I first read it, and found Dicey an almost alien creature at the time. I do feel that the writing wasn't as good as elsewhere in the Tillerman series, as if Voigt got a little lazy or didn't know what to do with an almost-grown character, and I found Cisco really annoying, still, and Jeff disappointingly underdeveloped as a character. I also just cannot picture Sammy playing tennis.

  • Wisteriouswoman
    2019-04-25 05:12

    I read the whole Dicey series when I was younger and liked getting to know the family and friends--warts and all. Every time a new one in the series showed up at the library I'd check it out right away. This book in particular had an effect on my later life. Seeing how Dicey screws up and gets ripped off motivated me to teach my children how to handle money. I like books where the characters aren't perfect. Since I didn't have a Dad around much of my life, there were plenty of things I had to learn through the school of hard knocks. Sometimes it is less painful to learn them through a character's mistakes instead.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-24 05:18

    Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman series should be made into a movie, if it hasn't already been done. I loved the first book, was initially disappointed when beginning to read some of the others, but am so impressed with the way she interwove the characters, barely mentioning some of them in books 2-6, but really tying it all together in the end. Dicey was the character I wanted to see developed more and in the end I was pleased that she was vulnerable, yet still strong. I kept thinking this would make a great movie, wondering who could play the various parts. So glad I finally read this series!

  • Roxana
    2019-05-07 09:12

    Seveenteen Against the Dealer was an interesting book. This book was the sequel for all the Tillerman Series books. Dicey open's her business about boats and becomes successful. In the end she starts getting all her events together too much to think about. Her family, boyfriend, and her sick grandmother. With all these difficulties Dicey has to close her business to take care of her family. Tun Tun Tun=)

  • Cindy Dyson Eitelman
    2019-05-06 11:19

    I'm puzzled about this one. I know and love the Tillerman family so much that I couldn't help devouring it, but it left me feeling a little sad. I wouldn't have expected a happy, tidy, Little Women-type of ending. I wouldn't have been happy with one if she'd given it to me. So I guess I got just what I expected. But it wasn't enough.Is she going to write another two books, at least? To carry on Maybeth and Sam's stories a little? I sure hope so.

  • Natasha Reid
    2019-05-18 12:20

    I almost didn't want to finish this book, because I feel like it's a goodbye to a family I have read about for so many years. Dicey's Song is one of the books I remember reading, as a reading obsessed kid, and the Tillerman journey stayed with me.....all the way till now, and the final book.Ups and downs, challenges and lessons - these books have always been about that. Strong characters and decision making, and looking after each other.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-17 11:31

    I'm only giving this book 4 stars because there are two others in the series that are better, "Dicey's Song" and "A Solitary Blue" are some of my favorite, award winning books from when I was a kid! And the fact that I have a letter from the author Cynthia Voigt!!! I love this down to earth story about the struggles of a parentless family of four, in the 1970's on the east coast. Beautiful writing and real characters. Definitely start with the first book, "Homecoming".

  • Abra
    2019-05-17 11:25

    I like Cynthia Voigt's voice in the Tillerman Saga very, very much. Each book is worth reading, and all of them work together wonderfully well Her characters are not just dynamic and round -- versus flat and static -- they're a mass of human contradictions. I struggle to like Dicey, sometimes, but I am interested by her, always. This book is the culmination of everybody's plotline, even though they have their lives to continue. But it's very satisfying and complete.

  • Joanne
    2019-05-01 09:11

    Wonderful, but my heart is sad, as this is the final book in the Tillerman Cycle. I have come to love these characters. So wish the books continued. There are SO many unresolved situations!In book seven, the kids are teens and adults, resulting in more adult themes and a couple uses of profanity. The topic of sex before marriage also comes up between two young adult characters. I was quite unhappy until the final few pages...whew!

  • Lydia Rodriguez
    2019-04-19 08:12

    I love the Tillerman Cycle but this was my least favorite book in the series. Dicey is growing up and has started her own business. Dicey trust a person but she finds out that they shouldn't have been trusted. I didn't want anything bad to happen to Dicey because she deserved to live a happy life. I felt that this book made Dicey look sad and not as strong as I had pictured her.

  • Lavinia
    2019-05-04 07:16

    This is the last book in the "Tillerman" series. I liked it a lot but I wish it had tied up more loose ends than it did. Dicey learns a lesson in life, but other than that there wasn't too much to this book. I was glad I had read "Solitary Blue" because it gave a lot more insight to the Jeff character in this book.