Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

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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.


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About Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Jellicoe Road, which won the Michael L. Printz Award; Saving Francesca and its companion novel, The Piper's Son; Looking for Alibrandi; and the first two volumes in the Lumatere chronicles, Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. She lives in Australia.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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A scholarship student at an esteemed Catholic girls’ school, she struggles with feelings of inferiority not only because she’s poorer than the other students and an “ethnic,” but because her mother never married.

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She feels periodically rebellious against her classmates' snobbishness, against the nuns' authority at school, against her community's mores.

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Zimbio

Besides Marchetta develop looking for alibrandi realistic look through creating strength inside of her characters, the girl more authenticates these by looking into making their particular struggles well-known to a most youngsters.

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Variety

Though the theme --- a teenage girl chafes against a clinging Italian family --- is a familiar one, "Looking for Alibrandi" is a breath of fresh air.

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