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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They try so hard, like Josie does. I know I’m making it sound like an issue book because I was so impressed with Marchetta’s portrayal of it, but it’s not — or it’s not just that. Although they both have quick tempers, their arguments are adorable and their make-ups even cuter.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

We can learn a thing or two from this award-winning and popular coming of age piece of YA literature. Jacob was nothing but annoying and dumb. Plus, I love Jacob himself – his carefree attitude, his passion for cars, the way he doesn’t let what others say affect him and most of all, the way he puts up with Jose on her bad days but argues with her when push comes to shove and solves their problems in a reasonable way.

Product details Age Range: Her usually sophisticated, sassy demeanour is challenged when she is overcome with the pressures of her senior year of high school: The only enjoyable character was John and it really hurt me when he committed suicide because he made the book a lot better. And third where I just knew this book has made a lasting impression loojing me.

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What am I waiting for? Quotes I like from this book: I handed it to her and watched her mouth purse itself together and her nostrils flare in triumph because she knew she was going to get me. Reminded me a lot of Alibrandi.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. When going through Marchetta’s work, this is like a snack in between meals – rather light and underwhelming. So let me try this one more time.

It was first love, and it was silly and frustrating mellina naive. Australian Puffin Classics on your Kindle in under a minute. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If my society will let me. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Josephine’s development through the novel is slow, but it is sure, steadfast, and improving. I got to be sucked in the Italian community in Melbourne, was mesmerized by their inbreeding, shocked by their Sunday clubs where they gather and gorge on gargantuan amounts Italian food, I was rendered speechless by sold out concerts of bad, bad Italian singers who nobody marchettta Italy wants to see ever again and that mysteriously gather huge crowds in Marrchetta.

I’d recommend Looking for Alibrandi for everyone 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 all; 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. And she gets to know her father, who also has much to teach her about perspective and forgiveness.

Don’t get alibrandj wrong, this is a powerful book with a strong message. Speaking of relationships, I absolutely adored Josephine’s relationship with her father. So I began with elimination.

View all 4 comments. This article needs additional citations for verification. I love Josie so much. So when he–Michael Andretti shows up, Josie’s feelings towards him are rather conflicted. Inmy grand-uncle was 16 when he kissed his mum and dad goodbye, jumped on a boat and took off for Australia in search of fortune with his aunt.


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I pondered both for quite mrlina while, and just as I was about to make my final decision I heard my name being called. Beautifully and realistically written through the eyes of a year-old who screams with joy and sobs with despair.

I highly recommend it. Looking for Alibrandi falls to the third lookinv. This is a simple yet poignant story that has a much profound allusion than is apparent. Looking For Alibrandi buddy read. I knew it would all fail. Man, Agadoo provided the soundtrack to the more tense moments of my childhood.

The romance between Jacob and Josie was realistic–they messed up a lot here and there but they were good for each other, even on the bad days.

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I loved this book, it is about contradictions, about how we perceive life, each other, values, things, and the consequences of our perceptions. See all reviews. They always lack something. Josie is seventeen, sitting her all important HSC where she holds a scholarship at a wealthy Catholic school and has aspirations to become a barrister.

She effortlessly changed voices from a young year old Josie, to a year old Christine, and to a heavily accented Grandma Nonna. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This relationship, mirrored by the tumultuous relationship with her father, forms the centre complications of the novel as Josie tries to navigate through the complexities fpr hurdles she faces as a young adult. But finally Josie starts to change. So do yourself a favour and go pick up a copy. With the exception of the film version that I watched when marchefta was released back in She sincerely wants to be better and get things right, but somehow keeps screwing up.