Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to...more
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"i notice when you're not. does that count?"
seriously - that is barf-in-your-mouth sweet (in a good way) and part of why i love this marchetta gal. she writes boys you wish you had dated when you were sixteen. not now - now i would see through a line like that in a heartbeat, but at sixteen? hook line and sinker, man. put the apple schnapps away,boy, you will not be needing it tonight.
So, two years later after my original reading of Saving Francesca and I am removing a star. I've been claiming for a long time that this novel was my favorite by Marchetta, but it's not true any more. Let's see where my rereading of the entire Marchetta catalog leads me, however at this point I am certain I now prefer her fantasies. Truly, her later novels are simply better.
Within just a few days (and books) Melina Marchetta has become on...more
One morning Francesca's mother does not get out of bed. Francesca is in the first co-ed clas...more
I'll admit that I ignored the Tomato because my therapist said that it wasn't normal for fruit to recommend books to people. I accepted this advice because I'd already read Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi and I hadn't enjoyed it.
I couldn't understand people's fascination with it, actually. Nobody in my class at school liked Looking for Alibrandi and I thought for awhile that maybe it was be...more
I think I used to pursue only fantasy books because I thought I had to read about magic in order to have those magical transporting feelings, you might know the ones, like when Mathilda knocks over the glass with her mind and in the end stays with Miss Honey; like when Bran desperately reaches out with the crystal sword to cut the first blooming spray from the Midsummer tree; or how about when Amberle looks back at Wil and as he screams she reaches out to the El...more
After reading Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta I’m convinced that this author can write a 500 page book about the different brands of t...more
I've read every book ever written by Sarah Dessen. I've read Elizabeth Chandler. And Kate Brian. And Melissa Kantor. And Lauren Barnholdt. And practically every other YA author out there. SO when I began reading Saving Francesca, I was slightly dismissive. For the first hundred pages or so, I continued dismissive. It's not like I haven't heard the story before. New girl in school, out of place, dysfunctional family, misunderstood, etc, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love...more
I love it. Every single word on every single page.
This was the first time that I didn't want to finish a book because I had so much fun reading it. I felt really happy and really sad at the same time when I turned the last page.
Many many thanks to all the Bookers who recommended this book to me. I'm sure I would...more
How does she write a story so beautiful and captivating that it makes me want to crawl inside the book and hug all the characters and tell them how much I adore them?
How does she wrap topics like friendship, family, love and coming of age into one amazing story that leaves me grinning like a dork, puts warmth in my heart and tears in my eyes?
How does Melina Marchetta do it? Can you tell me?
This seems to become a habit with her books. Just like when I started reading Jellicoe R...more
Melina Marchetta writes like a god, there’s no denying it. Having read both On the Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock, I knew with near certainty that Saving Francesca would be just as spectacular as those books. How does she do it? I have never been so in awe of a writer’s writing before, but Melina Marchetta does not disappoint. Every single time I read something by her, I find myself sinking into each page, becoming lost among her poignant, humorous, and unequivocally real senten...more
NOTE: This one breaks the dry spell of monotonous cheesy contemporaries and spares the hackneyed high school drama. This is "A Must read at all costs " book.
I won't be exaggerating if I say that it was like finding a gem among countless abject stones.
The splendor of this book lies in the fact that it's highly acclimatized to every one of us - we can relate to it, may it be instances or characters.
There's REALITY and then there's ORIGINALITY...They both are as comple...more
“It's a weird smile, but it reaches his eyes and I bottle it. And I put it in my ammo pack that's kept right next to my soul and Justine's spirit and Siobham's hope and Tara's passions. Because if I'm going to wake up one morning and not be able to get out of bed, I'm going to need everything I've got to fight this disease that could be sleeping inside of me.”
i wasn't fair to this book the first time i read it. i see that now. at the time i read jellicoe road and i had such high expect...more
I concluded in my review of The Boyfriend List that regular high school shenanigans young adult bores me without zombies or faeries or whatever. I retract that. I submit instead that high school shenanigans bore me (hang on, this really is a different argument).
See, okay, it’s not like I didn’t have high school shenanigans. I went to the dances, I had a crush on my best friend’s boyfriend, I drank wine out of a box and threw up in someone...more
In chemistry class during my senior year of high school, I learned my trio of guy friends had a code name for me, which was…wait for it…The Cheese. I certainly mulled over that discovery for days. I suppose I should have been flattered (and maybe worried) that they talked about me enough to warrant a nickname. But I was primarily concerned with their choice. Why, oh why, did it have to be The Cheese? Do I eat my string cheese too c...more
This is not a lengthy book. However, there is NOTHING missing from the book. It is beautifully written. At some point in the book, I knew I was falling for the characters. I got that goofy smile on my face. The one that no one can see but you can't help smiling anyways. By the time the book was over, I...more
If there was a place called The land of brilliant YA fiction, Melina Marchetta would have a paramount title and an absolute ownership of that place....all in all the girl sure knows how to dazzle you with words.
Saving Francesca is real and sarcastic and fearful and hopeful and simply brilliant.
I wish that teens and young adults out there would read this book, because in the turbulent sea of the third rate intellectually...more
Saving Francesca tells the story of a girl named Francesca Spinelli. Francesca's life is semi-perfect until she's sent to St. Sebastian's, an all-boys school recently turned co-ed, and her mother slips into the abyss of depression for reasons unknown to Francesca. This is a story about family, friends, loves, and, most of all, hope.
It's safe to say that I'm one of the very few people left to read this. Almost all of my GR friends, and, frankly, a lot of my "real life" fri...more
- I could write better than that when I was 15!
- I can do that!
- I'll never be able to write that well!
There are variations within each category of course. In the "I can do that!" there is the occasional, "But I don't *want* to do that!" or "I'd have to work hard at it, though."
With the last category sometimes I dreamily add, "Maybe in ten years I could consider trying."
SAVING FRANCESCA is one of these...more
This is only my second novel by Marchetta. The first was On the Jellicoe Road and to tell the truth, I was nervous to read anything...more
A quick, fun, truthful, funny read.
Melina Marchetta, most well-known for her Printz award-winning novel Jellicoe Road, somehow knows how to balance all the elements -- whether humorous, dramatic, or simply heartfelt -- in her novels and just make everything seem so right, so effortless, so powerful.
I started reading this book mainly because I couldn't sleep -- and then I found that I could not put it down. It seemed such an injustice to leave the book half-read for any amount of tim...more
I am so much in love with this book. I am as enchanted with the style and the whole gang of unusual friends as I was when I first read it. The Spinelli Family, Will Trombal, Justine Kalinsky, Tara Finke, Siobhan Sulli...more
"I want to be an adjective again.
But I’m a noun.
A nothing. A nobody. A no one."
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Gorgeous. The perfect ending.
Melina Marchetta- if you’ve read anything she’s written you’ll understand. Australia. Close family. Ethnicity. The power of girls vs Ridiculous boys. Finding your own way. Mental illness, this subject is a really important one for me and I really respect authors who write about this ‘taboo’ with honesty and understanding.
All the bad reviews start off like that.
You know, the ones that say “I wish this was better,” or, “not that I didn’t like it,” or, “I’m so disappointed.”
I won’t say any of those lines. If I do, feel free to message me hate mail.
SAVING FRANCESCA had a different feel from JELLICOE ROAD, a more high school-eqsue mood – and a very different protagonist. Frankie reminded m...more
Now, I'm not saying that it took me 200 pages in order to get into becasue I was really interested in these characters, it was just that I couldn't quite figure out WHY I was interested in them. Which is just like how the love Francesca felt for them snuck up on her...oh, clever Marchetta, very clever.
It's a really colorful cast of characters from J...more
Melina Marchetta has won my heart. She won it big time.
I am in love with Australian writers now. First, Zusak. Now Marchetta. Damn.
What can I say about this one? How can I say all of the things I wanted to say? I can't even remember. There are too many good things. I hate this feeling where I can't say everything I wanted to say! Okay, we...more
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