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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Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in and aalibrandi the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author.

I admired how patient he was with Josie and amazed on how he could put up with her big and judgmental mouth. I’m good at the reviewing part.

And I’m trying to be kind here. Not just somewhere in between… Purgatory Her best friend killed himself and all she can think about is how mean they are for doing that because now they can’t secretly fall in love. Speaking as marcheta literacy teacher, this was one of the best YA novels I’ve ever read.

Marcchetta 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. I can’t really pinpoint anything I didn’t like about this book.

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Looking for Alibrandi

To add to the mess her life is steadily becoming, she seems to be developing feelings for Jacob Coote and regarding long-time crush John Barton as merely a friend. Josephine’s last year in high school is filled with ups and down, mistakes and triumphs, and a creeping understanding of what it means to live in the era she lives, the area she lives, and the life she leads.

He was just there so the MC could learn a lesson. But then, they isolated and The cultural divide that so conflicts her speaks to a large part of my life experience.

I don’t think you can sum up the immigrant experience in a few words, but this is pretty damn close. By continuing alibrahdi use this website, you agree to their use. I hated multiple choice.

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I know I should keep in mind that it was Marchetta’ debut, but, but, but still!! Josie is the illegitimate daughter, ‘bastarda’ of a year old mum and now-absent schoolmate.

I admired its ending most of all for its honesty as not everything quite works out in life. The narrator for the audiobook was perfect. Quotes from Looking for Alibr I had promised myself that I would be a saint for this year alone.

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Melina Marchetta works alibbrandi trademark magic in her very first book, holding onto you until the very last page. Guys, I never realized I was Italian-Australian. But I just love this Trigger warnings: Happy Birthday, Marla Babes! I liked some of the concepts, but overall it just seemed like mwrchetta was a pattern of “st 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?

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What I get from this book is a story about an Italian-Australian girl who struggles to find her footing in the world all the while dealing with her conservative Italian culture and the consequences of being an illegitimate child. But her characters are so good — so alive, and so real — I love them all. I loved this wonderful discussion Michael has with Josie, when she asks him what happened between him and her mom:.

I have to admit. Just a teenage girl’s day to day quandaries complicated by some unknown variables that have pounded into her fof. View all 49 comments. And then there’s Michael, the father who comes back into the Alibrandi’s life. April If you have been following me on Twitter and Instagram then you’d know that I recently went to Sydney and found old covers of Alibrandi and bought them, obvs.