Looking for Alibrandi
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. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.Caught between the old-world... show more
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. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember.
Publish date: April 1st 1999
Publisher: Orchard Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Looking for Alibrandi is a beautiful coming of age story starring Josephine Alibrandi, an Australian girl of Italian descent. Melina Marchetta weaves together a brilliant story of love, heartache, culture and racism that will speak to girls and women of any age.The Story:Josephine Alibrandi hails fr...
Marchetta, that woman, knows how to write even if this was her debut. I now understand why such a book would deserve a movie. It's not even the writing anymore but the words in the conversations that's laden with so much meaning. This is not up to par as Jellicoe Road (which I read the day before) a...
***Read for the first time: July 20th 2008*** 4 stars.***Re-read on July 11th 2013*** 5 stars. It is really astonishing how much of Josie's extraordinary, lively character I had forgotten in mere 5 years. I still do not love her as much as Francesca Spinelli, but I adore her a big, fat lot. And it's...
If there's any book that I've read that can describe being the born-in-this-country kids of two generations of immigrants, it's this one. There's so many parts in this book that I'm like yes, this! so true! that even though Josie is crazier and brasher and willing to speak her mind without restraint...
3.5 stars. Longer review to come... It's been too long to expand this review. My thoughts below succinctly express my thoughts on this novel.Four stars for the last few chapters that "oonched" up the emotional impact, and three stars for Josephine's grandmother, Nona, who I disliked at the novel's b...
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