Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boy's school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can barely move from her bed.
But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it's within her pow...more
"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 disclosure - this is a post-goodreads-party DBR.)
(just a l ...more
Except for the last part, where it says that this is a ‘‘compelling story of romance,’’ because, although the romance is a big part of the story indeed, it isn’t entirely charming or swoon-worthy, but that’s definitely something subjective.
This is my first read of 2017, so yay to that. I’ve started close to ...more
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 ...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 ...more
Nobody writes friendships and dialogue quite like Melina Marchetta.
Weird attitude towards anti-depressants though.
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 sim ...more
*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...
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 protagonisyeahhhclass="gr-hostedUserImg">Oh, ...more
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 is relatable to me, even when really, it isn't - it shouldn't. And yet, I ha ...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 toilet pap ...more
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 h/>/> ...more
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 toge/>'Amjust ...more
To sum May & Lily’s br up: caps locks were abused, feelings were felt, tears were shed. (rtc)
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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
For most o ...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
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 dea ...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 rea ...more
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 St. Sebastian Schoo ...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. Yet I was primarily concerned with their choice. Why, oh why, did it have to be The Cheese? Do I eat my string ...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 ...more
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,,
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 ...more
BLESS YOU ALL FOR PUSHING THIS BOOK AND FOR MAKING SURE I'M NOT THE LAST AUSSIE TO DEVOUR A MARCHETTA BOOK.
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 and thou ...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 bo ...more
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 ...more
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 how much/>"I/>First ...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 els ...more
“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 depression affects the whole family. It is/>… ...more
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