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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Oh, I bet she would deal so well with ethnic bias.

However, when someone says they would hate to be Italian after listening to her, she says, “No. It was as precious to me as a last born in Charyn and I kept it hidden away for as long as I could.

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They try so hard, like Josie does. This book is comprised of heavy themes such as culturalism, teenage struggle, sexual pressures, faith, ,archetta finding oneself in the midst of an ongoing storm. But she has a great deal of growing up to do. As a student, she was called out for being on scholarship by other wealthy students. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I did find how Josie dealt with not feeling accepted and I’m good at the reviewing part.


It’s hard to describe the latter, but it is truly special and beautiful. Beautifully and realistically written through the eyes of a year-old who screams with joy and sobs with despair.

The cultural divide that so conflicts her speaks to a large part of my life experience. Feb Read this again. Open Preview See a Problem?

Gosh, it seemed to come across as loud and clear! Allow me to sneak in a quote from my recent read – Black Heart – that I think applies to this book: The me,ina relationship was heart-warming. It’s just that while you were speaking I remembered the magazine.

All through the reading of this book, I felt like the author hadn’t been able to decide quite what she was writing; is this a teen’s journal or is it a first-person narration book? Yeah, I was that wlibrandi. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I’ve been having a hard time trying to think of what to say in this review so I’m just going to list the things I love about this book: The women in Josephine’s life are all stubborn, outspoken and confident.

Follow my reviews at NightReader I saw a lot of myself in Jo…sie. If I could be what my father wants me to be, maybe I could stay for that too.

But it’s more mainstream than Saving Francesca or Jellicoe Road. I know I should keep in mind that it was Marchetta’ debut, but, but, but still!!

Looking for Alibrandi

For one, Michael Andretti, the father fog never acknowledged her these past seventeen years, reappears in her life, complicating her feelings towards him. But Jacob is definitely quite the character! Their need to cling to the familiar But it was also full of lip quivering machetta and butterflies and some extremely tender moments which I just adored. This site uses cookies. I knew I was dealing with a kindred spirit when on page 5 she says, “Believe me, I could write a book about problems.


I felt more like a parent to be honest, secretly reading her child’s diary but it was well worth a read and I’m glad I finally got to it. The characterisation is quite exemplary. And reading the part where view spoiler [ Josie finds out about John Barton’s suicide hide spoiler alibfandi still had the ability to make me cry.

Anyone who reads YA.

Slates are nothing compared to modern science books. Looking back, I am still astounded that this was Marchetta’s debut novel – it is hands down one of the best debuts I’ve read and it is inspiring to know that Marchetta’s exemplary writing skills could be seen even from the very beginning. One reason Marchetta got so many awards for this book was her groundbreaking lookinv of ethnic bias in Australia.