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Saving Francesca

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  32,447 ratings  ·  3,354 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN10: 0375829830 (ISBN13: 9780375829833).

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
Paperback, Alternate cover edition - isbn:9780375829833, 245 pages
Published April 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published March 31st 2003)
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Josh It's written just as well as Jellicoe Road (both with honest, accessible 1st person narration), but as Hafsa said, they are different. Jellicoe Road h…moreIt's written just as well as Jellicoe Road (both with honest, accessible 1st person narration), but as Hafsa said, they are different. Jellicoe Road had more of a magical impressionism (is that a thing?) feel that elevated it in my head. Saving Francesca has the same reality-based characters and sensibility, but more grounded in the day to day experience of the character in school & family (a little more typical YAF in that sense) thise sense, it makes sense that it was Ms. Marchetta's 2nd book. Anyways - my 2 cents.(less)

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May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Emily May
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favorites, ya, aus-nz, 2012, 2016
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)
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
:::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 dis
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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 everythin
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
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 se
Simona B
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, 2000
"Why did I feel so grateful that people treated me well?"

Sometimes you stumble upon a story that is just too much like yourself.
This story is too much like myself.
That is why I don't know if I will ever write a review. I hope I will, but right now doing it would feel like carving the heart out of my chest.

'Am I making sense?'
'Weirdly enough, yes.'

While I struggle with myself, please, please, please. Go read this book.


Okay, so I had a few hours to get my act together and, while I am still so v
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 bodi ...more
I don’t know how I could have read this book twice and given it anything less than five stars, because Saving Francesca is very clearly a five-star book, and my past self obviously had no appreciation for its level of brilliance (or was influenced by the cover, but still).

To sum May & Lily’s br up: caps locks were abused, feelings were felt, tears were shed. (rtc)


Yes, I’m reading Saving Francesca for the third time, whilst stressing out about reading ARCs and writing reviews, but I have three (
♛ may

i cant believe i 3 starred this on my first read. im blocking @ fetus may she knew nothing


Reread and buddy read with this cupcake

i literally forgot everything that takes place in this book but i stILL HAVE TO READ PIPER'S SON SO here we are
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
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.

Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
[4.5 🌟]
This book just spoke my language!

What I’ve gathered from this book:
• Families are a mess. People in general are just messy and fucked up in their own way.
• I’m so over the line of, ‘There’s no excuse.’
That theres no excuse for people projecting their shit on to you, their pain on to you. Acting like assholes towards you to cover up their pain. Well, guess what? There’s always an excuse. This is the way of the world because we have a fundamental issue with vocalising and dealing with ou
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 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
L A i N E Y
“I just want it to go back to the way it was.”
“It’ll never go back to the way it was, Frankie. But you have to make sure it goes forward.”

If I’d known nothing about Melina Marchetta before reading this, my thought would have been: “How could someone write this??”

But in my reality, Marchetta is already ruling Queen of YA literature and still this was my thought: “HOW COULD SOMEONE WRITE THIS???”

Complex, funny, heartfelt and real. Their reluctant relationship is definitely the shinning part of
Rep: mc with depression

these goddamn dorks i am so emotional

reread #1: finished 00:10am, 21/12/15

i am a fucking mess

reread #2: 4/9/18

it literally took me three years to read this again im useless,,
Jun 09, 2011 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
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
Feb 12, 2013 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 word
So many YA authors have a cute idea with a less than perfect execution. Haven’t we all read and thought of ways to improve upon it? Or perhaps write your own? But then you come across (I’m guessing anything written by) Melina Marchetta and you realize that writing is more than just a good idea. It’s a talent and a gift that is really only bestowed upon a few people.

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 anythin
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
Reread June 2018:

God I love this book. So. Much. I can't believe I haven't reread it before now. It's such a favorite. Brb rereading The Piper's Son and Jellicoe Road, and finally reading Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.

First read May 2016:

"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
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I loved, loved it so much! To me it was such a powerful and emotional read. I cried a couple times, I was just really feeling for Francesca. I was feeling WITH Francesca. One of the best things to me in this book was the gang; Justine, Tara, Siobhan, Jimmy, Thomas. Such wonderful, beautiful friendships I can't even 💜

The thing is, I don't like emotionally heavy books and this book really wasn't. I mean it kind of was but it was so, so humorous! I can't remember
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 dep
Reread: December 2019

Twitter Reading thread: HERE.

Reread: March 2018

Reread for #Sydney2k18.

Will I ever find somebody who will love me as much as Bob loves Mia skdvnksdvmsa

Reread: June 2017

Jimmy Hailler is coming home (!!!) so naturally I just had to reread this gem.

My reread thread on Twitter: HERE.

I don't know how to express myself coherently when it comes to this book (or Marchetta, in general). I just know that I love the characters so much they feel like my best friends. I love how cynical
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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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