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Looking for Alibrandi (1992)

by Melina Marchetta

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My first book by this author, and I am not disappointed.

Review to come. ( )
  Summer_Missfictional | May 23, 2014 |
I loved this book. This is what got me started on the hunt for other Australian authors. I really liked the characters in this book. ( )
  jaeinsa | Feb 5, 2014 |
Well, as usual it was a great book with a message that I want our girls to have but could you PLEASE watch the language.

Josie is an Italian born and raised in Australia and just like in many other countries in the world, she experiences prejudice because of this. "You're not Australian because you parents aren't" one day, "You're Australian because you were born here" the next. This is her friends point of view.

She is also illegitimate which of course pegs her as a "bad girl" since it will be like mother like daughter.

She is also a smart little gal who is, as her teacher tells her, a sheep. She could be a leader but thanks to not having to courage to go against her friend Sera who is always coming up with wild things to get into trouble.

All in all, she is every high school girl struggling with friendships, grades, family and yes Sex. But even that was handled in a way that I could have endorsed if it hadn't been for the constant swearing. Come On People! Don't you have any sense of professionalism? Do you really think that Every person on God's Green Earth has to use the F word at least once a day?

Wish it had been better--it easily could have been. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Oct 13, 2013 |
I didn't find [b:Looking for Alibrandi|82436|Looking for Alibrandi|Melina Marchetta|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320410197s/82436.jpg|1149644] to be exceptional in any way, but that does not mean it is a bad book. Indeed, it is a good book, simply unremarkable.

We follow Josephine Alibrandi, a senior in high school torn between two cultural heritages, two boys, and two ways of life. These are issues that any thinking teenager faces--how do I fit in yet maintain my sense of self? What do I want to be when I grow up? What if who I am is in opposition to who my boyfriend is? Marchetta explores these questions deftly, but for me, there wasn't anything extra, no oomph-factor to push this book above so many others that discuss the same things.

Also, I've only just turned 21, but it amazes me how angsty YA heroines can be and how I was probably (and woefully) just like them a few years ago. And I think that ties into [b:Looking for Alibrandi|82436|Looking for Alibrandi|Melina Marchetta|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320410197s/82436.jpg|1149644]'s main message--slowly and imperceptibly we grow up and understand . Understand our parents, our friends, our problems, our world. Interestingly, reading and laughing about Josephine's insanely melodramatic statements showed me that I have finally left that behind and achieved the same emancipation she does at the book's end.

(Or at least for the most part. I think an angsty teen will always live on within me; I just notice it now.) ( )
  IAmChrysanthemum | Jun 8, 2013 |
4 1/2 stars for this one.

This is the story of a young Italian-Australian girl in year 12 on scholarship at a posh Catholic High School. It is a coming of age story but so much more. Josie deals with so many adult situations along with the typical teenage situations like first love. We watch her grow and mature and find herself.

It's a beautiful story and expertly written. I highly recommend it to all who like YA lit. ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375836942, Paperback)

Seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi is no stranger to conflict. If she's not caught between her strict single mom and her even stricter grandmother, then she's trying to choose between wealthy good boy John Barton and working-class bad boy Joseph Coote. Josephine is always in trouble with the nuns at her Catholic school (who everyone calls "penguins because of them wearing wimples and all that Sound of Music gear") because she fights with native Australian kids over her mixed Australian/Italian heritage. Just when she thinks her situation couldn't possibly get more complicated, her mysterious, long-lost biological father comes back and Josephine must decide if it's worth getting to know this person who abandoned her and her mother. But through it all--including a startling revelation from her grandmother and the suicide of a close friend--Josephine manages to hold on to her sense of humor, as in this reflective moment: "I could have been a model for Hot Pants. Except that when I finally put my glasses on, reality set in. Hot Pants would have to wait."

Award-winning Australian author Melina Marchetta has created a strong and sassy role model in Josephine, whom girls with growing pains on both sides of the Pacific will love. With its accurate and insightful portrayal of a young woman's coming of age, Looking for Alibrandi will have female teens waiting eagerly for Marchetta's next novel. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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During her senior year in a Catholic school in Sydney, Australia, seventeen-year-old Josie meets and must contend with the father she has never known.

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