- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 313 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 200mm x 22mm | 340g
- Publication date: 26 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0375836942
- ISBN 13: 9780375836947
- Sales rank: 3,947
For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it's just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it's her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn't be any stricter--but that doesn't seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life. Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past--and the year she sets herself free. Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel--which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture--is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember.
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Melina Marchetta lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is a teacher. She is also the author of Printz-winning "Jellicoe Road," as well as "Saving Francesca" and "Finnikin of the Rock."
By Marianne Vincent 20 Mar 2014
Looking For Alibrandi is the first novel by Australian author, Melina Marchetta. The year that Josephine Alibrandi turned seventeen was filled with life-changing events: she had to pass her HSC; she met her father for the first time; she fell in love; she learned some shocking facts about her family; and someone close to her committed suicide. She also learned the importance of family, of knowing her history, of being responsible, of having good friends and of being one. Marchetta's novel touches on reputation, on the stigma of illegitimacy in certain cultures, on sex in young adults, on the assimilation of different cultures and on the expectation to follow in parents footsteps. It is easy to see how this novel would appeal to younger readers: the issues are relevant even if references to songs, events and personalities mean that it is a bit dated now. It is no surprise that it won the 1993 Children's Book of the Year Award for Older Readers, the 1993 Multicultural Book of the Year Award and the 1993 Variety Club Young People's Category of the 3M Talking Book of the Year Award. A moving read.