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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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I love how she speaks her mind out to the world, she’s always with buckets of emotions tumbling inside her and is always trying to be tough in every situation. She’s truly just a horrible person who thinks 0.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

On the whole I make plenty of pledges that I don’t keep. Josie is seventeen, sitting her all important HSC where she holds a scholarship at a wealthy Catholic school and has aspirations to become a barrister.

View all 10 comments. Good choice, John, good choice. It takes a real man to look good in sepia. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was a whole new ball game for me, because I was involved emotionally and not just physically.

A-Smile obligingly and steal away into the night via the back door; B-Throw your cocktail all over his Country Road suit; C-Quietly explain the loyalty you have toward your friend; D-Tell your friend instantly, knowing that she will make a scene. Set in Australia, the female protagonist is Italian and gets bullied for it growing up.

Aug 29, Swankivy rated it it was ok.

Looking For Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta

Beautifully, thoughtfully crafted, as always, Marchetta’s ability to write the voice of a teenager in the search of oneself as well as showcasing complex, layered family dynamics and other types of relationships, this is yet another winner that’s not to be missed!

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Or that cheap stuff you get in Tescos which is ten times worse. Cuma mau bilang kalau setelah baca Saving Fransesca dan Looking for Alibrandi aku jadi ingin menulis lebih bagus lagi: The last meeting between him and Josie just broke my heart, but the actual impact of his death felt somewhat muted to me.

The Getting of Wisdom is a story told by Laura, describing her early years at a private school, her background, and her pals in the late s. My grand-aunt, his future wife, was 3 when her whole family left the teeny tiny village of Caltrano, Italy, got on another boat and set off for the same country. It’s the weakest Marchetta novel I’ve read to date. It was as precious to me as a last born in Charyn and I kept it hidden away for as long as I could.

I swear I will read each and every word this woman will ever publish. I fear I have to say that I strongly disliked him at times. It doesn’t grab you by I think if I had read Looking for Alibrandi first, I would have given it five stars.

Furthermore, I loved that more than simply a story about Josephine, Looking for Alibrandi was in equal parts a story about her father coming to terms with his past, her mother understanding her daughter, her grandmother understanding the consequences of her actions, a family understanding each other, friends staying true to one another, and first loves lasting forever.

Alibrandi lives in Sydney and attends a Catholic high school—where she is disillusioned with the cliques and social politics of her snobby peers. His eyes glaze over and I know he’s dreaming of panem et circenses. When I looked deep I could feel the issues Josie had, and the most interesting thing about it for me was the way it highlighted the experience an Italian-Australian has in Australian society, but overall I found it difficult to get into.

I didn’t think the writing was smooth at all, though it wasn’t because it was trying to imitate a teen’s voice. Just a teenage girl’s day to day quandaries complicated by some unknown variables that have pounded into her life. I’m relieved I got that out of my system. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.


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All in all, an interesting, quick and light read. But she was also hilarious, fearless, normal, inquisitive and, my favourite thing about her, she never backed down.

Josephine Alibrandi is an Australian born of Italian descent, she is seventeen years old and lives with her mother who has raised her as a single parent Favorite quotes …She asked me on Friday what type of contraception I use. When going through Marchetta’s work, this is like alibarndi snack in between meals – rather light lookin underwhelming.

Remember when I was talking about gumption?

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He was just there so the MC could learn a lesson. How could anyone resist Marchetta, right? Melina Marchetta never ceases to amaze me.

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Of course I’m not delusional, I know it happens. Josephine is a great heroine. There is the typical mother daughter relationship between Josie and her mother, full of tensions that we come alibrnadi expect from a teenage girl. Follow my reviews at NightReader Josephine is by no means perfect, but hers is a story that everyone, everywhere, can understand and appreciate and I admired how it went beyond the contemporary novels of the norm, tackling issues such as illegitimacy, racial discrimination, and suicide.

Feb 18, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: That along with her big mouth often gets her into trouble. Catching me off guard with the sadness which I did NOT appreciate.


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