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Looking for Alibrandi

By Melina Marchetta

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Format: Paperback, 313 pages
Published In: United States, 26 May 2007
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.

About the Author

Melina Marchetta lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is a teacher. She is also the author of Printz-winning Jellicoe Road, as well as Saving Francesca and Finnikin of the Rock.

EAN: 9780375836947
ISBN: 0375836942
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.03 centimeters (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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6 review(s)
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Kay Loveday on
Great entertaining book. Melina Marchetta is an amazingly talented writer of very descriptive stories.
Armando Neris on
had the pleasure of taking a little jaunt down to Australia this past summer, and one night found myself at the movies to see "looking for alibrandi." I absolutly loved the film, and the next day went and bought the book. From there I decided on the soundtrack, which consists of all aussie bands. The songs relfect the mood of the film perfectly, one of the standouts having to be Lo-Tel's "Teenager of the Year." This is one of those albums that you can listen to from beginning to end. It has a great mix of awesome aussie bands, including Magic Dirt, Killing Heidi and Frenzal Rhomb. Go and get it!
Fiona Dean on
Josephine Alibrandi has found her father - sort of. for as long as she can remember it's been just her mother and her, but suddenly Michael has stepped into her life and it feels...strange.
Also, there's jacob, who josie really likes, and who likes her back.
And, if this wasn't enough, the vain grandmother who Josie has a love/hate relationship with is hiding something. Something big...
An unforgettable book.
Jennifer Chen on
This is one of the greatest australian books ever written. it is unbelievavly funny, featuring the sparking josephine alibrandi, an italian girl whose single mother is shunned because she had a child out of wedlock (but what can you expect, when catholicism frowns upon contraception?) Five stars, and more!
Heather Gifford on
this is a really good read, so good in fact that it got made into a hit movie! to fully understand the movie, you should first read this great read. it seemed typically australian to me, but that didnt make it any less of a book, and i was still compelled to read this. great read for any teen girl, i would recomend it!
Samantha Brownlie on
The problem I had with this book was that I truly *couldn't* care about the main character or what happened to her. I found 'Looking for Alibrandi' to be full of teenage angst without any real reason for its existence - and, because I couldn't see any reason for its existence (and didn't like the main character at all), I didn't derive much enjoyment for muscling my way through it.

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