Melina Marchetta’s stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl’s story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is. For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. Editorial Reviews. Review. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi is no stranger to conflict. If she’s not caught between her strict single mom and.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview alibrandu Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember.

Paperbackpages. Sydney, New South Wales Australia. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Looking for Alibrandiplease sign up. I live in Canada and this book is not sold at Indigo.

Anyone know where I can buy a new copy? Also looking meina Saving Francesca. Love this book and keep coming back to it.

Any similar book recommendations in terms of stories of Australian multiculturalism, coming of age, etc? Sasha Cloudwish by Fiona Wood. About a child of Vietnamese immigrants in Melbourne. Reminded me a lot of Alibrandi. See all 3 questions about Looking for Alibrandi….

Lists with This Book. Feb 10, karen rated it liked it Shelves: View all 22 comments. To tell you honestly, nothing about the plot is too complex to make aalibrandi special. I am used to Ms. I have a full page dedicated only for the quotes I copied from the book. Click the spoiler if you want to read some of them. You should have gone with the abortion. Dying is so easy.

Every teenage girl or even boy should read this novel, even adults should. Happy Birthday, Marla Babes! May 1 is her birthday I know this is too early but I might be too busy the next few days so better early than late. I wish you all the best and may your special day be full of wonderful surprises. View all 41 comments. Jun 26, Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves: Love Josie and her big mouth. Original review Enjoyed Melina Marchetta ‘s debut novel very much, even though it was not as strong and heartbreaking as her Printz -winning Jellicoe Road.


Looking for Alibrandi is a simple coming-of-age story oh, how I hate this expression! Josephine is a year old Australian of Italian descend. She is in melinx last year of school and it’s a time in her life when she needs to face many important things – what does she want to be? I can’t really pinpoint anything I didn’t like about this book. It was not life-changing or earth-shattering, but Josephine’s voice and personality felt fresh and realistic – she is a loud-mouth and sometimes obnoxious, but smart, funny, loving and with a strong moral compass.

I liked her complex love-hate relationship with her mother and grandmother. The love story was sweet. And the novel had an interesting insight into cultural frictions between Australians supposedly those descendant from the first Australian colonists and, of course, white and Europeans more recent immigrants.

Whatever I alibranid didn’t inspire me to think of Australia as a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse or fir country. However the book was written almost 20 years ago, maybe it is different now? All in all, an interesting, quick and light read. Very much a debut novel. View all 26 comments. Anyone who reads YA. When I was in school, we routinely had to complete projects about our heritage.

A lot of these projects ended up with discussions about why third or fourth generation Americans still call themselves Irish, Italian, Korean, Filipino, Greek, etc. I identify most with the mish-mash of cultural traditions that my immediate family celebrates and those of my dearest friends than those of any specific country from which my ancestors hailed. It is fun to go crazytime on St.

This is maechetta true when people have a lot of siblings. Josie was perhaps lucky in that regard And feeling guilty about everything? The narrator for the audiobook was perfect. I wish I could take back watching the movie because it felt trivial compared the book.

She is much more of an overachiever than I was.

I could tell you mrlina her books are beautifully written, that each one of them is emotional in a different way, that her characters are multidimensional, that she understands families and friendships more than most authors, and that each one of her books is a favorite of mine. View all 28 comments. Jun 08, Basuhi rated it it was amazing. The seventeen Mmarchetta Ian sang about where one learns the truth.

But what she failed to mention is hat you keep learning truths after seventeen, and I want to keep on learning truths till I die. Melina Marchetta, I’m telling you, people are going to think I write repetitive reviews for your books because I’m in a severe dearth of adjectives now.


I ended up in the alibrwndi looking for synonyms but well, I could 5 “Cloaked by Reminiscence” Stars. I ended up in the thesaurus looking for synonyms but well, I couldn’t get befitting ones.

Have you ever wandered empty school hallways? It’s like you almost don’t recognize it as the same one you walk every day. There is a sense of allness in the crass cacophonywhich you’d never think twice about if not for it’s aching absence. This book is like that. The people in your life seem so vain, for granted and lost in the boisterous crowd of “those you happen to know”. But do you, really, really know them? A catacomb made of people’s notions and sentiments that run parallel to a rather honest and rudimentary conundrum.

Because I finally understood. And this is a glimpse at her life: Josephine Alibrandi’s life is suddenly changed, she didn’t know who her father was a few months ago but now he’s her friend.

She’s stuck in the insular Italian community and doesn’t feel quite here or there. This is her senior marchettaa, in a private girls school she’s studying on scholarship, among rich snobs and she’s trying alibrandk make best of it.

Looking for Alibrandi

And she’s falling in and out of love. And the translucent walls of dubiety have finally given way to the alibrnadi of truth. So you see, these are NOT “the-world-is-ending” kind of colossus of a problem. Just a teenage girl’s day to day quandaries complicated by some unknown variables that have pounded into her life. The protagonist is a lost voice of solitary contemplation among societal expectations and dissonant opinions.

This is a simple yet poignant story that has a much profound allusion than is apparent. It paints reality in a way that has me mesmerized. And as a debut novel, it simply unveils Melina Marchetta’s beauty at writing, I suppose. View all 49 comments. The only one I hadn’t read. It was as precious to me as a last born in Charyn and I kept it hidden away for as long as I could.

And fpr Carla declared that it was time to break the emergency glass on this book. Josephine Alibrandi had me from the beginning. I knew I was dealing with a kindred spirit when on page 5 she says, “Believe me, I could write a book about problems. Yet my mother says that as long as we have a roof over our head we have nothing to worry about. Her naiv The first Marchetta.