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Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca (2003)

by Melina Marchetta

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Wow. Starts out with a whiny teen in a 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' situation but quickly reveals itself to be real. Deft - we don't get to know Francesca for a long time, but that's because she doesn't know herself. We don't know much about Dad or brother, but that's because F. is wrapped up in her own coming-of-age challenges and being distracted by worries about Mummy. Good lessons for teens and for parents, told smoothly, almost lightly, with wit, insight, and heart. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Fantastic characterizations and relationships, excellent voice, satisfying ending. Really enjoyed this! ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
I haven't read anything that depicts depression and how it affects the loved ones of the depressed quite this honestly. The story is touching, but not overwhelming, and having dealt with depression myself, and with relatives who have been depressed, I can say that when one person is affected, everyone who loves that person is affected.

It's a well written story, without flowery language or metaphors that distort or soften the reality of the thing, and Marchetta's characters are a wonder, and so very easy to love, and identify with. ( )
  Nazgullie | Sep 11, 2014 |
RGG: Sweet story about a teenage girl's self-discovery and discovery of being in love while her mother recovers from a manic depression bout.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2014 |
RGG: Sweet story about a teenage girl's self-discovery and discovery of being in love while her mother recovers from a manic depression bout.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2014 |
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For Luca
the St Mary's Cathedral College boys
... and for the girls there, too...
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This morning, my mother didn't get out of bed.
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Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, along, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

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Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed.

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