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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
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Jul 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: aussie-ya, you-make-me-smile

When I first cracked open the book and read the first couple of pages, I was already chuckling and smiling to myself. I loved the way the book began, it was funny and entertaining, and made a great first impression. I liked how it started; as it gives you an inside look on the main character, Josephine, through a quiz. However, she is interrupted by no less than an angry nun. Doesn’t that make for an interesting beginning?

This book displayed so many emotions. It was funny, bubbly, passionate, cultural, a great coming of age story, heartfelt and overall just so good! I really enjoyed it, and think that Melina Marchetta did an excellent job on her debut. Just look at her now and all her books that have been published!

Melina Marchetta writes characters, that are both real and relatable, resulting in making a connection with the reader. Josie reminded me of Francesca, from Saving Francesca, as they are both strong, real characters. Not to mention Italian.

Whilst reading the book, Josie admits to being one of those pass-the-parcel hoggers. When I came across this I thought to myself, ‘Aren’t we all!’
‘Well, I was one of those “pass the parcel” hoggers. I used to hold on to the parcel for five seconds more in case the music stopped. The same for “musical chairs”. I’d stand in front of the chair and not move. I was banned from parties after that.’

This reminded me of exactly what I used to do. Shameful, I know. Luckily I wasn’t banned from parties!

Even though I’m not Italian, I am Portuguese and the European similarities rang true. Like the forbidden lounge and force feeding.
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Flannery Yeah, my best friend is Portuguese as well and her life is just like Josie's. The gossip mill is always running:)

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