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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alibrandi (original 1992; edition 2006)

by Melina Marchetta

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Title:Looking for Alibrandi
Authors:Melina Marchetta
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2006), Paperback, 320 pages
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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (1992)


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I loved this book the first time I read it and I'm looking forward to enjoying it again with my students.
  Heather_McGeorge | Mar 23, 2017 |
I read this book in high school for English, and I thought it was a pretty readable book.

I thought Alibrandi was a nice enough character but the plot felt... almost a little bit antiquated? I don't know. There was a lot of angst but I feel like it was a little bit vague. I don't know. The plot fell a little bit flat for me and it just didn't carry through the whole of the novel.

I know this is more or less a classic book and a really popular Young Adult Australian novel, but Young Adult and I have a complicated relationship. It's a favourite for a lot of people but not for me, personally. I think studying it really changes your relationship with the book as well, and it just made it worse for me.

There were some interesting back stories but I just wish they'd been explored a bit more. The whole novel felt like not-quite-enough.

However, it is super popular so if you think it's your thing, check it out. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I can't really say I 'liked' or 'enjoyed' this book. Mainly because I didn't like or identify with or empathize with the characters. But gosh I learned about a lot about what it means to feel bound by one's culture and class. And that is something I've always wondered about, because my basic 'rule' is simply 'be kind.' None of these people were kind. Most were at least slightly insane... because they felt like they had choose abuse over love, god over offspring, etc.

But I did have to work for that understanding, even. The reason I persisted is because I've enjoyed other works by the author - but as other reviewers have said, this is her debut, and it is a bit clumsy compared to her later works. If a reader can identify with, empathize with, the characters, s/he'll probably give it five stars, because it is, after all, a wonderful book. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The worst thing about this book was the narrator, Josie Alibrandi. For a seventeen-year-old I found her to be immature, self-centred, rude, outspoken and generally obnoxious. Her parents were so much nicer than she was, but her mother needed to discipline her more when she was a child because the way Josie spoke to people was horrendous at times, especially when she was angry or upset. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
I received this gorgeous hardcover edition of Looking For Alibrandi from Random House last year, as part of their National Book Bloggers Forum (NBBF14) and finally got around to reading it last month.

For those who don't know, Looking For Alibrandi was written by Australian author Melina Marchetta and published in the early 1990s.

Based in Sydney, it's essentially a YA coming of age novel focussing on teenager Josephine (Josie) Alibrandi as she attends a Catholic school on scholarship, falls in love, argues with her mother and grandmother, meets her father and decides her future.

Considered a modern Australian classic, I enjoyed Josie's sense of humour and Marchetta's ability to capture the character of an Italian nonna so very well.

I'd recommend Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta for YA readers of either gender. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | May 22, 2015 |
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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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