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Looking for Alibrandi

Author:  Melina Marchetta
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Josephine Alibrandi is 17, and in her final year of school. Dealing with her mum and the ways of her Nonna are daunting enough as she prepares for her exams. But Josie is about to discover real life gets in the way of her carefully-made plans. She suddenly has to deal with having her father around for the first time in her life, falling in love and uncovering her family's secret background. Despite all the turmoil, this is the year Josie discovers that emancipation doesn't mean escaping from your past. Sometimes you need to face up to who you are in order to set yourself free...

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Jun 09,2017
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Looking For Alibrandi Book Review
'Looking for Alibrandi' is a coming of age, drama, romance and young adult fiction novel written by the author Melina Marchetta. This book is a coming of age novel because it follows a young girl Josephine Alibrandi, as she grows and learns through her high school life, dealing with romance and drama.

Looking for Alibrandi is set in one of the oldest parts of Sydney, in the suburb of Glebe during the early 1990's. In the novel Josephine is mainly in her small apartment with her mother, her Nonna's house also in Glebe, her high school st Martyrs, once or twice at her father's house in Adelaide or at other locations in Sydney like coffee shops, the cinemas and the beach. I know that the novel is set in Glebe Sydney because Looking for Alibrandi is almost like Josie's diary, so she tells us about where she Iives and what she thinks of it all. Nonna also tells stories and references coming to Sydney after leaving Italy, and it becoming her new home.

Josephine is seventeen years old and in her final year on scholarship at a Christian high school st Martyrs. All through her years at school she has crushed over, admired and dreamed about her friend the cute, smart, kind and popular John Barton, from the near by boys school. Despite her love for him, Josephine then meets Jacob who is the complete opposite. He is less smart, rich, good looking and mature compared to John. He also comes from a completely different background and culture. Despite their differences, Josie realises that plans don't always work out and you can love people you never thought you would. Josie deals with the ways of her Nonna, meets her father for the first time in her life, but not the way she dreamed of and uncovers her families secret background.

The author Martha Marchetta created interesting and intriguing characters like Christina, who is so strong for having to deal with her parents judging her for having Josie, and she is so different to the rest of her family and culture. I think I found the characters interesting and intriguing because they are all very unique, have different personalities, traits and have different ways at viewing things. I love it how in the book you get to see the details, characters and her culture through Josie's eyes, and see what life is like for her. I really love the character of Josie because she is so strong, opinionated and is very funny towards her culture and Italian background. I think I can really relate to a lot of the things Josie deals with each day like her differences with her family, teachers and friends. I also really like the character of Josie's mum because I admire how strong and independent she has had to be, to raise Josie from a young age. I love it how she doesn't care what her family thinks of her decisions, but continues to love Josie and care for her no matter what.

The use of language that Melina uses in this novel, is very strong and really paints a picture of the scene. The word choice also helps me to understand what the characters are like, their personalities and can change my opinion and view of them. "The two of them are forever loggerheads with each other. Like whenever camp comes along, it's fights galore." In this example from the book it uses good word choices like loggerheads and galore. Even though the word choice and language in this novel is not very complex and of high sophistication, it doesn't need to be because the language flows and is well suited to the characters voices. Melina also uses tone very well in this novel. I can see the characters through the words that they speak and I can see the simplicity of Jacob's language in contrast with Josie's mother. This helps me to understand the character's personalities and the way that they think. "We live in Glebe, a suburb just outside the city centre of Sydney and ten minutes away from the harbour. Glebe has two façades. One is beautiful tree-lined streets with gorgeous old homes and the other, which is supposed to be trendy, has old terraces with views of outhouses and clotheslines. Melina also uses flowing descriptions, that are filled with adjectives.

In this novel Looking for Alibrandi, I think I was very moved and inspired by how passionate, strong and empowering Josie was, to stand up to her Nonna and family for the ways of disrespect they had treated Christina in the past. In the end Josie and her Nonna were able to forgive, move on and repair their relationship. I think one of the many important themes in this book was family and how important family relationships are. I think this novel made me feel very fortunate and lucky to have a family that excepts me for I am.

I loved the book Looking for Alibrandi, and I believe it is perfectly suited for young adults, but I also think anyone older would love it too. I rate this novel a 4.5/5 stars.

 

Jun 09,2017
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Looking For Alibrandi Book Review
'Looking for Alibrandi' is a coming of age, drama, romance and young adult fiction novel written by the author Melina Marchetta. This book is a coming of age novel because it follows a young girl Josephine Alibrandi, as she grows and learns through her high school life, dealing with romance and drama.

Looking for Alibrandi is set in one of the oldest parts of Sydney, in the suburb of Glebe during the early 1990's. In the novel Josephine is mainly in her small apartment with her mother, her Nonna's house also in Glebe, her high school st Martyrs, once or twice at her father's house in Adelaide or at other locations in Sydney like coffee shops, the cinemas and the beach. I know that the novel is set in Glebe Sydney because Looking for Alibrandi is almost like Josie's diary, so she tells us about where she Iives and what she thinks of it all. Nonna also tells stories and references coming to Sydney after leaving Italy, and it becoming her new home.

Josephine is seventeen years old and in her final year on scholarship at a Christian high school st Martyrs. All through her years at school she has crushed over, admired and dreamed about her friend the cute, smart, kind and popular John Barton, from the near by boys school. Despite her love for him, Josephine then meets Jacob who is the complete opposite. He is less smart, rich, good looking and mature compared to John. He also comes from a completely different background and culture. Despite their differences, Josie realises that plans don't always work out and you can love people you never thought you would. Josie deals with the ways of her Nonna, meets her father for the first time in her life, but not the way she dreamed of and uncovers her families secret background.

The author Martha Marchetta created interesting and intriguing characters like Christina, who is so strong for having to deal with her parents judging her for having Josie, and she is so different to the rest of her family and culture. I think I found the characters interesting and intriguing because they are all very unique, have different personalities, traits and have different ways at viewing things. I love it how in the book you get to see the details, characters and her culture through Josie's eyes, and see what life is like for her. I really love the character of Josie because she is so strong, opinionated and is very funny towards her culture and Italian background. I think I can really relate to a lot of the things Josie deals with each day like her differences with her family, teachers and friends. I also really like the character of Josie's mum because I admire how strong and independent she has had to be, to raise Josie from a young age. I love it how she doesn't care what her family thinks of her decisions, but continues to love Josie and care for her no matter what.

The use of language that Melina uses in this novel, is very strong and really paints a picture of the scene. The word choice also helps me to understand what the characters are like, their personalities and can change my opinion and view of them. "The two of them are forever loggerheads with each other. Like whenever camp comes along, it's fights galore." In this example from the book it uses good word choices like loggerheads and galore. Even though the word choice and language in this novel is not very complex and of high sophistication, it doesn't need to be because the language flows and is well suited to the characters voices. Melina also uses tone very well in this novel. I can see the characters through the words that they speak and I can see the simplicity of Jacob's language in contrast with Josie's mother. This helps me to understand the character's personalities and the way that they think. "We live in Glebe, a suburb just outside the city centre of Sydney and ten minutes away from the harbour. Glebe has two façades. One is beautiful tree-lined streets with gorgeous old homes and the other, which is supposed to be trendy, has old terraces with views of outhouses and clotheslines. Melina also uses flowing descriptions, that are filled with adjectives.

In this novel Looking for Alibrandi, I think I was very moved and inspired by how passionate, strong and empowering Josie was, to stand up to her Nonna and family for the ways of disrespect they had treated Christina in the past. In the end Josie and her Nonna were able to forgive, move on and repair their relationship. I think one of the many important themes in this book was family and how important family relationships are. I think this novel made me feel very fortunate and lucky to have a family that excepts me for I am.

I loved the book Looking for Alibrandi, and I believe it is perfectly suited for young adults, but I also think anyone older would love it too. I rate this novel a 4.5/5 stars.

 

Oct 05,2014
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I give Looking for Alibrandi 3.5/4 out of 5

 

I liked this book - the ideas, the way it was written - the teenage girl's brain, the way we think... mostly.

But i kind of had an issue and didn't quite understand the way Josie communicated with a lot of the other characters - like she was literally talking to herself and like everything she said was planned and written on a script - not one mistake said and the witty remark always at the right time.The whole paragraph responses to simple questions - In that way the book needed a little work but I still love this book and it made me laugh, think, and feel kinda sad (not cry though for some reason even though some pretty depressing things happened)

Otherwise it was a good book and i did enjoy reading it - it wasn't something i dreaded reading.

 

Nov 27,2012
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Looking for alibrandi was a very well written book. I enjoyed the story alot. The ending made me sad though!! :(

 

I found it really interesting to read now and to see how much the times have changed in the past 2O years (the book is from 1992). Our world today is so different, even though it wasnt that long ago.

 

Overall i think everyone should pick up this book and give it a go, boys included. It a wonderful story and i look for ward to reading more of melina marchetta's books.

Nov 13,2012
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Looking for Alibrandi is a very interesting book , which was written by the lovely author Melina Marchetta. This book was published by the pengun group in 1992 , it involves drama , love and reality , it also won the award of ‘book of the year’.

 Looking for Alibrandi is about a seventeen year old girl who is in her final year in a wealthy catholic school , she’s all stressed out  about it because she doesn’t know what she wants to do when this year is over. Josephine’s year was a very busy year , the year , the year where everything went wrong for her, she meets her dad who she had never seen before , falls in love with the guy she had always hated and finds the darkest secrets of her family’s history.

 I really like this book , I enjoyed reading it. It has a lot of drama throughout the chapters. Her family’s drama doesn’t stop until Josephine decides to change her attitude to life and act like a grown up.

Josephine’s dad is back , her family’s darkest secrets are revealed , her future is ahead of her and her best friend dies. Is she really Josephine Alibrandi or is that all a made up lie to to save her family’s reputation?

May 09,2012
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Looking for Alibrandi is a heart-warming story about an italian girl in year 12 at a posh school in australia. Throughout the  course of the story love brews and the young secrets are uncovered as the young Josephine Alibrandi discovers a new life. I loved this book and recommend it for teens and young adults.

 

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