Melina Marchetta’s stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl’s story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is. 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. Editorial Reviews. Review. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi is no stranger to conflict. If she’s not caught between her strict single mom and.

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It gave us reality, and how it’s not always that pretty.

Loved this quote from him: I just wish Jacob had been less one-dimensional marchetta not tried to gain sympathy from the reader way too late in the book. Granted, it’s a Mafchetta book and a bit outdated, but to be honest, the writing just wasn’t terribly good.

Retrieved from ” https: I’d recommend Looking for Alibrandi for ,elina who has had to deal with immigration, since they would most definitely relate to Josie’s story, as well as anyone who would want to learn more about the emotional turmoil and struggles of it meelina of what it means to be a part of traditions and deep-rooted culture that still hums in your blood and soul, and what it means to be confused about your place and yourself when you feel like you don’t belong.

I love the fact that Josephine was a little bit spoiled, a lot bit mouthy and so dramatically a teenager. Another thing that surprised me about this book was the romance. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

So do yourself a favour and go pick up a copy. View all 41 comments. Melina Marchetta is one of those few authors who constantly transcends the boundaries of literature fof today’s day and age and Looking for Alibrandi is a coming of age story that does just that – transcends.


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And she’s falling in and out of love. She’s feisty and not a pushover. In the beginning you find her just as irritating as Josie.

Thank you to Nomes for challenging me to read this sooner than later. Aug 29, Swankivy rated it it was ok. My grand-aunt, his future wife, was 3 when her whole family left the teeny tiny village of Caltrano, Italy, got on another boat and set off for the same country. Jacob Coote is a despicable love interest, with serious mood swings. May 28, Limonessa rated it it was mmarchetta Shelves: They even developed their own language, a mix of regional dialects and made-up words borrowed from English.

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Josephine is by no means perfect, but hers is a story that everyone, everywhere, can understand and appreciate and I admired how it went beyond the contemporary novels of the norm, tackling issues such as illegitimacy, racial discrimination, and suicide. The plot was dull, the writing style wasn’t my taste and I’m glad I never have to read it again. Alibrxndi book was fast paced and pretty readable, but darn it I had top notch expectations.

But all of it is true. You’re reading, aren’t you, young lady?

It is about growing up and learning about love and your family. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Growing up, I remember thinking how much easier it would emlina if my family was European instead of Asian. Oh, I bet she would albrandi so well with ethnic bias. It is a novel about growing up – about making mistakes and learning from them. For all her life, Josie’s never met her father. Don’t get me wrong, this is a powerful book with a strong message. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


Her boyfriend is loving but doesn’t get to spend every second with her. Pressuring her into sex, yeah, I don’t think you’re a very nice guy, and the ending, yup, pretty much just confirmed your douche status.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

In spite of my reservations Alibrzndi actually really enjoyed reading this book, although I couldn’t help feeling that I probably should have read it in my teens. And she gets to know her father, who also has much to teach her about perspective and forgiveness.

This article needs additional citations for verification. I’ve actually reserved the movie now just to see the story played out so that probably says something about the lasting effect of the book. Feb 18, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: Remember the movie – Matthew Newton?! It’s the weakest Marchetta novel I’ve read aibrandi date.

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Marchetta knows her stuff. Allow me to sneak in marcjetta quote from my recent read – Black Heart – that I think applies to this book: Looking for Alibrandi is about so many things. Although they both have quick tempers, their arguments are adorable and their make-ups even cuter. Post was not sent – check marchettw email addresses! It doesn’t grab you by the throat and squeeze until you feel you’re choking on emotion. Unsurprisingly, it’s pretty dated now.

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