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Melina Marchetta
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Saving Francesca (MP3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  24,506 Ratings  ·  2,513 Reviews
My old school, St Stella's, only goes to Year Ten and most of my friends now go to Pius Senior Collage, but my mother wouldn't allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn't bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother you'll sense there's an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of Limitation Pla ...more
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Published July 1st 2010 by Bolinda Publishing (first published March 31st 2003)
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May 26, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dbr, why-yes-i-ya
"i was born seventeen years ago," i tell him. "do you think people have noticed that i'm around?"

"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.

(full disclosur
May 14, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on Maggie Stiefvater’s recommendation and I cannot thank her enough for that. This story was incredibly well-written, but the characters were the ones that brought this story to life for me. They were all so fleshed out and memorable, which is one of my favorite things in books.

Saving Francesca follows Francesca school life at St. Sebastian’s, a boys' school that pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.

It took me quite a few chapters to get used to the d
Kat Kennedy
There is this cute, bouncing red tomato bopping around GoodReads singing the praises of Melina Marchetta.

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
Jul 01, 2016 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of realistic YA fiction
Updated 6/29/2016
Nobody writes friendships and dialogue quite like Melina Marchetta.
Weird attitude towards anti-depressants though.

Updated 8/16/12
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 n
Kristin (KC)
:::4 Stars:::

*Wipes tears* This author gets me every time.

Okay, twice. She got me twice. I’ve read two of her books. But that only means there’s more of her brilliance to enjoy...
Oh, yeahhh

Saving Francesca is a very touching and gentle read that centers not only on common themes such as family, friendship, and love—but thoroughly explores the heartaches of depression and the toll it can take on a family as a whole.

I’ve read many books where the narrator/main protagonist suffers a mental disor
Emily May
Apr 08, 2011 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana

Between the beautiful Edward Cullens and the sexy Salvatore brothers of today's young adult literature, it's easy to see why teenage girls think they're doing something wrong when all they get is Rob with the mullet who likes to fart and swear in the classroom. That's what I like so much about this book... it's not a story of beautiful, unrealistic people or the abnormally brave and self-sacrificing. This is the most honest depiction of school, boys and family for a teenager that I have ever rea
Jun 25, 2016 Chantal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chantal by: Nina
4.5 stars

Just ask how I'm feeling, I want to say. Just ask and I may tell you.
But no one does.

Chantal read a YA contemporary? And she liked it?? *shocked face*

Melina Marchetta has become my queen of contemporary. First On the Jellicoe Road and now Saving Francesca. The woman can do no wrong. I still can’t fathom how she managed to make me this in love with characters in less than 250 pages. On the Jellicoe Road has a significantly higher rating on GR compared to Saving Francesca and I can see
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.

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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

My thoughts after reread : My WHAT? My THOUGHTS? Are you kidding me? Do I look like I'm able to think?

Francesca. Tara. Will. Jimmy. Luca. Mia. Bob the builder. Tom. You ruined me for life, you know that?

Dysfunctional. Hysterical. Bastards.
Endearing. Unforgettable. Real.

I didn't know anything about how fantastic realistic fiction could be before meeting these characters a year ago.

Saving Francesca is so... clever - nothing feels forced, and it becomes magical when I feel as if everything
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
“You go and shake your foundations, Will. I think it’s about time I saved myself.”

This is the kind of story that sneaks up on you. Usually when I rate a story 5 stars, it's because it overwhelms me with feelings. It's messy and all-consuming and it just hits you all at ounce. With Saving Francesca, the feelings creep up on you. It's one surprised laugh, another teary sniffle and by the time this book finishes you ask yourself, how bad is it if I start this book again?
All I want to do is scre
Feb 07, 2011 Vinaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana
Aaaand Tatiana scores again!

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
The Holy Terror
This book made me remember why I tend to only read fantasy: everyday life is just so ... tedious. I realize that I am in a very tiny minority when it comes to disliking this book, and it always makes me feel like I'm missing something when I don't like a book or series lauded as incredible. I have to wonder if perhaps this type of book just isn't for me though, and that because of the way I grew up and the environment I was raised in I just won't ever be able to relate to something like this.

Maggie Stiefvater
This book came highly recommended and I have to admit I put off getting it from my library for quite awhile because I prefer stories where there are a) supernatural creatures ravaging a town, b) dead bodies and angst, or c) any combination of a & b. SAVING FRANCESCA, of course, has neither. But it turned out that it didn't matter. The winning characters in this novel, the story of Francesca, one of a handful of girls at a previously all-boys school, carry the novel all on their own, no dead ...more
Thank you, Tommy! VD forever!!! ;)

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
May 25, 2015 Arianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!!

Melina Marchetta is a new author for me so I didn’t know what to expect reading this novel. I haven’t read many YA novels, but I can say “Saving Francesca” was very different from all the YA I’ve read so far. “Saving Francesca” is a moving story about family, friendship, love, growing-up, finding yourself and also about depression. The story is told entirely from Francesca’s POV, our 16 years old heroine, a girl who’s struggling with her ‘new reality’.

She’s one of the new 30 girls at S
This review is headed down memory lane. Consider yourself warned.

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. Yet 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
The people who know me around here, know that I have a hard time expressing my feelings about books I like. Well... No wait, I'm sorry, this is all wrong because I don't like this book.

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
Apr 05, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Because I just want to wrap this book up and frame it.

The thing with living in a country that's become rather Americanised is that you often forget the talent that's right under your nose. Like Marchetta. I remember reading 2 other books of hers back when I was young but despite it ironically being my most impressionable years, I was rather underwhelmed. Perhaps I just stared at words a
How does she do it?

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
Jun 09, 2011 Lightreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Oh, little book! Sweet, painful, truehearted little book.

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
This book tells the story of Francesca, an Australian girl who is one of a small number of girls enrolled at a formerly all-boys school. I didn't know too much about the book going into it so I thought it was going to be a fun jaunt into Australian high school life and basically fluff. I was so far off base it is laughable. Contrary to the idea you get from the cover art,this book deals with serious issues, namely Francesca's transition into the school while her mother is suffering from debilita ...more
Saving Francesca was one of my favourite contemporaries growing up.

“Do something that scares you everyday.”

Marchetta's wonderfully written Saving Francesca offers a realistic, touching, and sensitive take on:

… what it’s like to have a mentally ill parent. Living and growing up with a mentally ill parent is hard, especially when you’re a teenager struggling with the obstacles of adolescence (ha, don’t we all miss those). Saving Francesca is an accurate portrayal of how a parent battling depre
Mar 17, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved the way that there were always people there caring for Francesca, friends, teachers and family, even when she did not always realise it. This is how real life goes. Teachers are not always evil, grown ups are not always enemies. Melina Marchetta writes a realistic story of a real teenager's life so different from many YA books. I enjoyed so many of the characters in this book and the tissues needed to be handy on several occasions. I am not surprised that this author w ...more
"I was born seventeen years ago," I tell him. "Do you think people have noticed that I'm around?"
"I notice when you're not. Does that count?"

How do I describe Saving Francesca best? Raw. Honest. Authentic. And an instant favorite for me.
I still can't believe how much I loved this book and THAT I WAITED SO LONG TO READ IT FOR FUCK'S SAKE. I absolutely adored Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and planned to read everything she's written immediately. And then I waited more than a year. So, yes, it
Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
This was unexpectedly amazing!!
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
RATED: 4.5

“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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I want to thank all of my friends who incessantly pushed this book towards me.

Once upon a time I read Saving Francesca and I abandoned it. I had this impression that was completely different from what the story is truly all about. And I wasn't sure if I'm going to like that idea I built. Now I'm so glad I gave it another chance. I love the family love, friendship goals and the portrayal of depression.
Judith (Paper Riot)

thoughts after rereading: this book feels like home
Right at the moment, I don’t have a lot of time to read. Mostly only on my daily train trip to and from uni. I loathe this train trip. It takes away almost three hours of my time. Right now, if it’s late, it means getting into contact with lots of drunken people (because of this). I hate openly drunken people who try to convince me to talk to them. They scare me a little. But Francesca made me appreciate my train time more. I was almost sad to get off because that mostly meant that my time with ...more
Tessa Gratton
Mar 22, 2009 Tessa Gratton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a theory that there are three kinds of books in the word, based on my reactions to them:

- 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
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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the ...more
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