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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
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Jun 28, 12

Read in June, 2012

3.5 stars

Though not particularly climactic or life-changing, Looking for Alibrandi was a sweet read with a well-developed, believable protagonist.

One thing I loved about Josephine is that she is flawed. She's a teenager trying to explore herself and her world, and there were quite a few times I wanted to smack her - but it was never in "that" way, like where you think some characters have Too Stupid Too Live Syndrome. She was a character you could relate to a bit, and those close to her - Michael, Jacob, Nonna Katia, Kristina - were as well-developed too. (view spoiler)

I also liked that despite the constant references to religion (since Josephine attends a Catholic school), Marchetta never came across as preachy or anything. It was just a part of Jose's character and life, and that was that.

I look forward to reading more of Marchetta's work, as I know she is highly acclaimed among YA literature, and I'm starting to see why after reading this debut novel.
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