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   Author: Melina Marchetta
   Release Date: May 9th, 2006

     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.

My Stance:

     I am a huge Melina Marchetta fan, and I can't say I could be any bigger fan if I didn't make an effort or express how much I would love to read her first work. Looking for Alibrandi would be where Melina Marchetta got her fame and ultimately showed the world just what she was capable of, and the raw emotion she instills in her novels. It must sound like I am a broken record when I review one of her books, because they are all so great, and inspiring; trust me though, she is worth the time and effort to sit down and purge her pages of every drop of emotion that she's sweat and bled over.

     Normally I wouldn't go out of the way to read chick-lit books like these, but Marchetta does a a great job not only appealing to the female audiences, but males alike. There is something about her novels in which she takes a tough topic in which every teen or young adult deals with growing up, and relates it to a wide audience that everyone can respect. She's a literary genius and I am envious of her great works!

     Enough about Marchetta, time to dive into this flashback. Josephine sounds like a really old-fashioned down to earth girl, but could be sheltered, as well. and with Living with just her grandmother and mother, the exposure to men and how they react should be almost entirely knew to her. The Catholic high school doesn't help any either, and the nuns' rules only enforce the idea of Josephine to explore for her own.

      If I was Josephine and in her world, I would be curious to what the outside world and other people were like. So it would only be natural that when men and a new world crashes with hers, she'd want to find out and explore that world. I am curious to see if this book is going to have a romance, or a deep friendship that oozes emotional attachment, like every other book Marchetta does. As well, I am curious to see if her parents and family crash with her friends and what kind of punishment is in store for Josephine's actions and curiosity.
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