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  • Looking for Alibrandi
  • Melina Marchetta
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  • 01 November 2020
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Summary Looking for Alibrandi Looking for Alibrandi Free read ↠ 104 Melina Marchetta ✓ 4 Free read His is the year she meets her father the year she falls in love the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for A moving and revealing book unus. When I was in school we routinely had to complete projects about our heritage People asked and still ask what are you meaning what is your nationality A lot of these projects ended up with discussions about why third or fourth generation Americans still call themselves Irish Italian Korean Filipino Greek etc instead of saying they are American first My blood is pretty watered down at this point Irish Swedish German Spanishbut it really doesn t matter I m sure kids in other primarily immigrant countries had to do the same kinds of projectspresentations I identify most with the mish mash of cultural traditions that my immediate family celebrates and those of my dearest friends than those of any specific country from which my ancestors hailed Sometimes I wish I was full blooded something or at least enough that I could be part of an ethnic community but until American Mutt becomes an ethnic category I think I m out of luck It is fun to go crazytime on St Patrick s Day make Pepparkakor and put sauerkraut on tons of stuff though As much as I couldn t connect with Josie s Italian culture I totally understood the Catholic school and community situation It s a close knit community and everyone knows everyone else s business This is especially true when people have a lot of siblings Josie was perhaps lucky in that regard And feeling guilty about everything GUILTY Anyway I totally understood Josie s confusion about her identity and her and several other characters confusion about their futures I kept putting this book off because it was the last contemporary YA Marchetta book that I d yet to read and I ve been told many times that it was probably her weakest book which to me meant that it would still be better than 98% of the YA out there Turns out I think it was my favorite Melina Marchetta reading experience to date The narrator for the audiobook was perfect I watched the movie the other day and I almost wished slash actually did wish that some of the characters had the narrator s voice instead of the actors voices I wish I could take back watching the movie because it felt trivial compared the book I suppose that is what I truly enjoyed most about the book though Josie was living everyday life and getting up to no good with her friends seeing a boy her family might disapprove of and feuding with a girl at school but all the while she was thinking of her cultural identity what she would do in the future how people s individual life choices affect where their paths go and about the difference between sadness and pure despair view spoilerI totally bawled about John Barton hide spoiler

Summary Looking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi

Summary Looking for Alibrandi Looking for Alibrandi Free read ↠ 104 Melina Marchetta ✓ 4 Free read Ual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young person on the brink of adulthood Multi award winning a bestseller and made into an award winning feature film Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic. Oh goodness this book I had it marked as read but having finished it I can confirm I actually haven t read it before I m usually very good at keeping track at what I ve read even without Goodreads but I think this book got muddled in my head with another one because nothing felt familiar Weirdly I also thought I d seen the film but looking up the trailer I m almost certain I haven t so now I m trying to work out just what it was that I d confused this story withSo I began this re read that turned out to be a first time read and I loved it Josie is a bit annoying and self involved the kind of character I tend to struggle with the most but Melina Marchetta writes her so compellingly that I didn t mind She leaps off the page her thoughts and mouth going at a rapid pace I had sympathy when than one character suggest she close her mouth and listen for a change She got better at considering others while staying true to herself as the book went on Her character evolution is wonderful and completely believable At the beginning she s a bit of snob looking down on those who don t strive to be the things that she strives to be She feels suffocated by her Italian family especially her grandmother she picks unreasonable fights with her mother she is convinced that everyone looks down on her because she is Italian a bastard child on a scholarship She has a chip on her shoulder some of it justified but over the course the novel how she comes to view all these things changes It was a wonderful journey one I wish I had read when I was in high school myself I can see why this is a modern Australian Classic it deserves to be Before I started reading it I Googled the movie I figured that since I d already read it I didn t have to worry about spoiling anything So I started reading an article on The Guardian about the making of the film As I read several spoiler filled paragraphs I realised I was completely unfamiliar with the story So I accidentally went into the novel with the main plot points burned into my brain Luckily this isn t a suspense novel or The Sixth Sense or something that works best if you don t know The article was actually really interesting I ve just read it again and I ll include a link on the off chance that anyone is interested but don t read it if don t want to know all the main plot points

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Summary Looking for Alibrandi Looking for Alibrandi Free read ↠ 104 Melina Marchetta ✓ 4 Free read Melina Marchetta's stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl's story of her final year at school a year she sets herself free Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls' school T. this book is like a dragon egg it is somewhat unusual compared to others of its kind and it is pretty but you know that when it hatches it is going to let loose some magnificent beast beyond human reckoningmarchetta is a magnificent dragonand this book is good and you can see the beginnings of what she will become but it is definitely a first novel before she understood her own poweri reluctantly love josie alibrandi although we are not friends so i must call her josephine she is a complete teenager she picks silly fights with her mother and grandmother and acts like a little brat she has a completely mystifying relationship with a boy whose behavior is eually littered with teenage sulks and irrational outbursts she succumbs to peer pressure and complicates her own life she gets in fights and acts out in wildly erratic and melodramatic ways completely unlike myself as a teenager koffbut even though most of the time you want to smack her and send her to her room you can tell that once she reigns in all that energy and free floating rage she is going to turn into a captivating adult character probably in another marchetta bookher relationship with her father is both uncomfortable to watch but also ultimately satisfying i kind of love how reluctant they both are to mean something to each other and how awfully they behave particularly him even when he is trying to be nice he is kind of a jerk and it is oddly refreshing to have the adult character being just off enough to not be a good role model but not flat out evil the way it would be so easy to write in a less ambitious author s noveland her mother ohhh i want her to be happythat s all i can say therealthough most of the sandwiches i eat are thicker than this book there is somehow plenty of room for her characters to grow to come to realizations that feel natural and not literary it doesn t feel smooshed despite it being such a short bookthe italian australian experience is one that i have encountered in other marchetta booksbriefly but nowhere else in my life and i would have been blissfully unaware of this tension without her but i really found it fascinating not that people are cruel and xenophobic and classist but the historical segments about her grandmother s experiences really came alive for me in a bigger way than the contemporary segments i loved her grandmother and if marchetta were ever to delve into historical fiction i would be the first one there so the three stars is probably only in relation to what she has become which is a consistent five star writer it is definitely worth reading i just think it feels like a typical YA book in scope with some unexpected barbs than a marchetta masterpiece that kicks every other book out of its way with its dragon wings come to my blog