Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta


'And what's this about you and your friends driving around Bondi Junction half-dressed last week?'
'Who told you that?'
'Signora Formosa saw you. She said you and your friends almost ran her over. She rang Zia Patrizia's next-door neighbour and it got back to Nonna.' 
Telecom would go broke if it weren't for the Italians. 

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free. 

I'll run one day. Run for my life. To be free and think for myself. Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in between. I'll run to be emancipated. 

Multi-award-winning and hugely popular, Looking for Alibrandi has become a classic of modern YA literature. 

Looking for Alibrandi is the second book by Melina Marchetta that I have read. My first was On the Jellicoe Road, which is one of my favourite books. I was really looking forward to reading more of Marchetta's books and am glad that this one lived up to my expectations :) I loved it, but not as much as I love On the Jellicoe Road. 

Josephine Alibrandi is in her last year of high school. A lot of things happen in Josie's life this year, she meets her father for the first time in her life, falls in love and learns the secrets of her family's past. As always Marchetta creates a beautifully realistic world with characters that have realistic flaws and ambitions. 

I love the characters in this story. Jacob Coote reminded me a lot of Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club :P If you haven't seen it, I recommend you do. Fantastic movie. I personally think that Marchetta writes very crush worthy guys in her books, of the two that  I have read so far anyway :P I love Jacob, he's sweet and wonderful and he has that whole bad boy thing going on. Love it. Sera annoyed me a little, but I guess that was kind of the idea. Once we got to know her more, I loved Nonna. 

I can foresee myself becoming a big Melina Marchetta fan :P I loved this book. I am really glad that I read it. I look forward to reading Saving Francesca, and other books by her. If you haven't read this book or On the Jellicoe Road I would highly recommend you give them a go. I love them both. 

Jammie the Book Nerd 

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