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Looking for Alibrandi summary Looking for Alibrandi, series Looking for Alibrandi, book Looking for Alibrandi, pdf Looking for Alibrandi, Looking for Alibrandi 52530ec773 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 LifeCaught 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 FreeTold 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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    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 reckoning.marchetta is a magnificent dragon.and 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 power.i 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 equally 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 koff.but 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 book.her 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 novel.and her mother ohhh i want her to be happy.that s all i can say there.although 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 book.the italian australian experience is one that i have encountered in other marchetta books,briefly, 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


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    Things don t turn out the way you want them to And sometimes, when they don t, they can turn out just a little bit better If anyone would ask me what makes up the best YA contemporary novel, I d simply say, Read Looking for Alibrandi It makes me appreciate that I ve read this just now because had I read it years ago, the rest of these YA contemporaries would have probably been a little letdown To tell you honestly, nothing about the plot is too complex to make it special It s basically a story of Josephine Alibrandi, a 17 year old Aussie Italian girl on her way to discovering her place in the world But how the story was put across through the use of these amazing elements of diversity, culture, humor, social impact, authenticity and even romance were what made the story so current even though it s actually already a classic novel , so adorable, so touching, so real and so hilarious I can t stop laughing at the 90s fad shoulder pads, teased hair, Mills Boons LMAO I am used to Ms Marchetta s beautiful, sophisticated and usual flowery writing but of the three books of her I ve read, her simple, heartfelt writing style here is what has completely won me over I have a full page dedicated only for the quotes I copied from the book Click the spoiler if you want to read some of them view spoiler Don t hide it from me, Mama I ll be strong for you Josephine, you are not too old to be slapped I wasn t worth it, Mama You should have gone with the abortion The youth of today, we d never be able to cope with the pressure our mothers and grandmothers went through Simple dreams are the hardest to come true A person doesn t necessarily have to be happy just because they have social standing and material wealth Living is the challenge Dying is so easy hide spoiler


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    Update 6 13 2016 Love Josie and her big mouth.Update 3 24 2012I feel like Josie and Jacob grow up to be Francesca s parents Original 2010 reviewEnjoyed Melina Marchetta s debut novel very much, even though it was not as strong and heartbreaking as her Printz winning Jellicoe Road.Looking for Alibrandi is a simple coming of age story oh, how I hate this expression Josephine is a 17 year old Australian of Italian descend She is in her last year of school and it s a time in her life when she needs to face many important things what does she want to be how should she deal with her newly acquired father who appears after being MIA for 17 years is it wise to date a boy from the other side of the track how important is to her her ethnic identity I can t really pinpoint anything I didn t like about this book It was not life changing or earth shattering, but Josephine s voice and personality felt fresh and realistic she is a loud mouth and sometimes obnoxious, but smart, funny, loving and with a strong moral compass I liked her complex love hate relationship with her mother and grandmother The love story was sweet And the novel had an interesting insight into cultural frictions between Australians supposedly those descendant from the first Australian colonists and, of course, white and Europeans recent immigrants Whatever I read didn t inspire me to think of Australia as a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse or tolerant country However the book was written almost 20 years ago, maybe it is different now All in all, an interesting, quick and light read Very much a debut novel.


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    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, Spanish but it really doesn t matter I m sure kids in other primarily immigrant countries had to do the same kinds of projects presentations 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 spoiler I totally bawled about John Barton hide spoiler


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    5 Cloaked by Reminiscence Stars Again The seventeen Janis Ian sang about where one learns the truth But what she failed to mention is hat you keep learning truths after seventeen, and I want to keep on learning truths till I die. Oh yes, again Melina Marchetta, I m telling you, people are going to think I write repetitive reviews for your books because I m in a severe dearth of adjectives now.Amazing Lovely Beautiful I ended up in the thesaurus looking for synonyms but well, I couldn t get befitting ones.So I think I ll just stick to my idiosyncratic analogy allegory musing stuff.Have you ever wandered empty school hallways It s like you almost don t recognize it as the same one you walk every day.There is a sense of allness in the crass cacophony, which you d never think twice about if not for it s aching absence This book is like that The people in your life seem so vain, for granted and lost in the boisterous crowd of those you happen to know But do you, really, really know them A catacomb made of people s notions and sentiments that run parallel to a rather honest and rudimentary conundrum How to make ones life ones own You know, a wonderful thing happened to me when I reflected back on my year One day came.Because I finally understood And this is a glimpse at her life Josephine Alibrandi s life is suddenly changed, she didn t know who her father was a few months ago but now he s her friend She s stuck in the insular Italian community and doesn t feel quite here or there.This is her senior year, in a private girls school she s studying on scholarship, among rich snobs and she s trying to make best of it.And she s falling in and out of love.And the translucent walls of dubiety have finally given way to the transparency of truth.So you see, these are NOT the world is ending kind of colossus of a problem.Just a teenage girl s day to day quandaries complicated by some unknown variables that have pounded into her life.The protagonist is a lost voice of solitary contemplation among societal expectations and dissonant opinions.This is a simple yet poignant story that has a much profound allusion than is apparent.It paints reality in a way that has me mesmerized.And as a debut novel, it simply unveils Melina Marchetta s beauty at writing, I suppose.


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    The first Marchetta The only one I hadn t read It was as precious to me as a last born in Charyn and I kept it hidden away for as long as I could And then Carla declared that it was time to break the emergency glass on this book.Josephine Alibrandi had me from the beginning I knew I was dealing with a kindred spirit when on page 5 she says, Believe me, I could write a book about problems Yet my mother says that as long as we have a roof over our head we have nothing to worry about Her naivete really scares me Josie is whip smart, a scholarship student at a fancy private school who dreams about being a lawyer She s been raised in the loving bosom of her single mother, Christina, who got pregnant at 16, and the suffocating bosom of her grandmother, Nonna Katia, who moved to Australia from Italy at 17 She knows her father is Michael Andretti, the boy next door, but she s never met him Then one day, Michael Andretti shows up to visit her grandmother Suddenly, the HSC High School Certificate , mean girls, and her overbearing Nonna are the least of her problems And then there s Jacob Coote, the boy from Cook High who caught her attention with a speech about voting and who dances pretty well too.Guys, I never realized I was Italian Australian Okay, all joking aside, I know it s Marchetta and she speaks to me as few authors do, but still, imagine my surprise that as an ethnic Korean born and raised in the US, Josie Alibrandi is a character I related to on such a personal level I can t even think of another character who comes close Growing up, I remember thinking how much easier it would be if my family was European instead of Asian It s not that I disliked who I was, but oh, to not have to prove my Americanness or my ability to speak English, to not have to worry about people pulling their eyes back and telling me to go back to my country I knew other immigrants and minorities dealt with their own prejudices, but I was convinced that Europeans, who didn t look so obviously foreign, had an easier time Actually, scratch that I was convinced they had an easy time, period Josie s opinion of rich students like Ivy Lloyd and John Barton reminded me of that She was sure their privilege cocooned them from her harsh reality As a young girl, she was ostracized for being a bastard child by other Italians As a student, she was called out for being on scholarship by other wealthy students However, when someone says they would hate to be Italian after listening to her, she says, No You can t hate what you re part of What you are I resent it most of the time, curse it always, but it ll be part of me till the day I die This A thousand times this I don t think you can sum up the immigrant experience in a few words, but this is pretty damn close.I know I m making it sound like an issue book because I was so impressed with Marchetta s portrayal of it, but it s not or it s not just that I m not surprised it s considered a modern classic in Australia and studied in school Josie actually reminded me of another classic character Remember when I was talking about gumption I m not ready for heaven yet and I don t think heaven is ready for me Josie, the spitfire, reminded me so much of Anne Shirley They re both dreamers who won t settle for the status quo Or personal attacks Slates are nothing compared to modern science books Jacob Coote, though, is no Gilbert Blythe Still, Josie s interactions with Jacob, and her decision whether or not to sleep with him, and her regret at said decision, and her regret at her regret were so honest.I don t think this is the best Marchetta that honor goes to The Piper s Son and Froi of the Exiles , but it s the one closest to my heart.Rating 4 5 stars This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous. I know Click for info.


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    it seems Melina Marchetta s modern classic, Looking for Alibrandi, which has been studied in high schools across Australia, has escaped my attention until now With the exception of the film version that I watched when it was released back in 2000 The opportunity to participate in a read along of this novel with a bookworm friend finally allowed me to discover the work of well known Australian novelist Melina Marchetta.The vivacious and perceptive narrator of Melina Marchetta s novel, Looking for Alibrandi, is Josephine Alibrandi We meet Josephine Josie Alibrandi at one of the most pivotal and tumultuous years of her life Josie is seventeen, sitting her all important HSC where she holds a scholarship at a wealthy Catholic school and has aspirations to become a barrister Josie s year is a big one as she negotiates a renewed relationship with her absent father, delves into her first romance, learns a family secret or two and sadly experiences the loss of someone close to her Looking for Alibrandi highlights the experience of what it is like to be a young woman growing up in Australian in the 1990 s and how it feels to be a third generation immigrant We can learn a thing or two from this award winning and popular coming of age piece of YA literature.Looking for Alibrandi is one of those books that I should have read many years ago, but unfortunately didn t and as I went to high school in the UK, I didn t get the chance to read this via the school curriculum I am making up for lost time through participating in a read long experience with a dear friend of mine I thoroughly appreciated my first experience with Melina Marchetta.The first thing that struck me about Looking for Alibrandi was the main character, 17 year old Josie Alibrandi s voice Gosh, it seemed to come across as loud and clear The characterisation is quite exemplary This doesn t just extend to the lead, but to the supporting character list, from Josie s protective and devoted mother Christina, stoic Nonna, disconnected father Michael, first love Jacob, partner in arms John Barton, enemy Ivy and Josie s friend set of Sera and Anna Each and every one of these characters was perfectly realised, they appeared before my eyes so clearly.For a YA novel, Marchetta tackles some fairly big issues but this is handled with a deft and light hand From class differences, racism, prejudice, immigration, politics, education, careers and suicide, Marchetta covers a great deal within the one novel A few of these issues did seem a little outdated, such as Josie s illegitimacy and the ethnic relations in Josie s school, as the book was written over twenty years ago Readers will still find they are able to connect to the themes highlighted in Looking for Alibrandi.As much as this is a superb coming of age tale of a young Australian girl with strong Italian roots, Looking for Alibrandi is a novel that delves into the complex nature of family relationships, head on There is the typical mother daughter relationship between Josie and her mother, full of tensions that we come to expect from a teenage girl There is the fragile relationship between Josie s mother Christina and her own mother, stemmed from strained family relations Then there is the father daughter relationship that sparks between Josie and her father who re enters her life Finally, Josie s relationship between two boys that are the same age as her, but come from very different sides of the tracks, was a shining part of the novel for me and of course the part of the novel that moved me the most.My final word on the brilliance of this groundbreaking YA novel, is the Sydney based setting There are plenty of flowing and detailed descriptions of Sydney From Josie s brilliantly realised home in Glebe, through to some familiar spots in Sydney that I recall from a trip I made to the city many years ago Marchetta s prose took me right back there, despite the time that had passed since I was last at this stunning part of Australia For international readers, Marchetta really showcases the city and seems to capture the real Sydney.All in all, I am so very grateful for the experience of reading Looking for Alibrandi I am now able to see why this book has received so many accolades both awards wise and the personal endorsements that this beautifully rendered book has received from fellow readers A must read for both young adults 14 and adults alike.


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    I knew it I just knew that my complete love for Melina Marchetta was clouded only by her 3rd person POV And this book is the proof that I was right I m relieved I got that out of my system.I loved this book Loved it It s up there with Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road But possibly, I loved this book even than the others Now I m going to tell you why In 1956, my grand uncle was 16 when he kissed his mum and dad goodbye, jumped on a boat and took off for Australia in search of fortune with his aunt My grand aunt, his future wife, was 3 when her whole family left the teeny tiny village of Caltrano, Italy, got on another boat and set off for the same country They met there, married there, had children there and I m pretty sure that s where they will die one day They come visit once in while and, very rarely, we visit too Last time I went there was eons ago, I was 16 and stayed with them for a whole summer I got to be sucked in the Italian community in Melbourne, was mesmerized by their inbreeding, shocked by their Sunday clubs where they gather and gorge on gargantuan amounts Italian food, I was rendered speechless by sold out concerts of bad, bad Italian singers who nobody in Italy wants to see ever again and that mysteriously gather huge crowds in Australia We re not like that in Italy, I thought Not even close Especially not us, in the North When my cousin comes to Italy, he comes looking for his Roman roots, he says And I reluctantly remind him that our family is actually likely to have descended from the barbarians than from Romans You think he cares His eyes glaze over and I know he s dreaming of panem et circenses So that s not Italy Except when I really think about it, it actually is Just less Emigrants in the 50s and 60s left the country and took with them all those s and folklore that belonged to us But then, they isolated and mutated, in a way But all of it is true When I was in Australia with my relatives, all I could see were exasperated features of Italian culture, many of which belonged to the past They even developed their own language, a mix of regional dialects and made up words borrowed from English Amazing The tomato day thing in the book I have crystal clear memories of my gran and aunt doing that during my childhood just in a less colorful way And my mother in law still makes tomato sauce exactly that way every year, with tomatoes from her garden.So yeah, a good part of my family are actually wogs If you put that together with Marchetta s perceptive rendering of human emotions, her impressively smooth writing style and her usual excellence at characterization, you might see why I am actually fascinated by this book I swear I will read each and every word this woman will ever publish HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.No wait I have to add this favorite quote from the book I just don t trust people who have bodies that change with their moods Boy, was this me as a teenager Follow my reviews at NightReader


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    Loved it Quotes I like from this book It s an embarrassing contradiction when your mother gets pregnant out of wedlock because her Catholic upbringing prohibits contraception Lovable yet complex characters reveal a good portrait of the culture of 1950 s Australia Australia was still so young and naive so ignorant and brash, like a pubescent teenager fumbling towards a maturity it doesn t yet comprehend.The influx of immigrants bringing with them a confusion of fascination and fear Their need to cling to the familiartheir own, somehow brought about a need in Australians to do likewise, each unwittingly fostering glaring cultural divides as they each vie and jostle for recognition and acknowledgement The irony was that they each felt alienated and threatened by the very same perceptions they had of one another.Josephine Alibrandi is an Australian born of Italian descent, she is seventeen years old and lives with her mother who has raised her as a single parentmuch to the chagrin of her own mother and her extended Italian family Being Italians they nurture strong principles when it comes to family and moral virtues, and Josephine s mother suffered a long and hard fall from grace when she fell pregnant out of wedlock and made the decision to keep her child.Not only was her mother ostracized forever by family and friends, but Josephine herself suffered throughout her childhood and teens from the cruel taunts of others, ranging from her fatherless upbringing to her Italian blood and her Australian birth, she struggled to find her niche.Although Josephine carried the burden of these realities, she maintained a good sense of humour and a feisty disposition as she struggled with the pressures associated with coming of age.With her HSC looming large and relationships with her family, teachers and even friends being stretched taut, Josephine was feeling the pressure of growing up and leaving her innocence behind.If she thought life was already difficult enough, she was in for a real learning curve as life began to throw some very testing challenges in her way.Josephine was about to grow up.I loved this book, it is about contradictions, about how we perceive life, each other, values, things, and the consequences of our perceptions This book made me think.Do we ever truly understand anything Providing things are fairly constant, we accept things as we understand them, and learn the ways to live with that understanding Then something happens one day which challenges those beliefs, or disproves them altogether, and totally throws us off kilter, literally erasing everything we believed and understood to be realforcing us to re evaluate our lives and everything that has shaped us And yet, if we had not made that discovery, what then Do we ever truly understand anything If we identify the lies we are forced to acknowledge them and are necessarily changed by that, but if we never identify the liesdoes that mean they don t matter Oh what a tangled web we weave We so complicate things in our fervent desire for acceptance, and sell ourselves short in an effort to attain some intangible sort of fake nirvana, because we want to feel necessary.I haven t come to any conclusions on my questions, but I am reminded of this favourite saying All my life I wanted to be somebody only to discover that I am I can see why this book is a favourite in schools I would definitely recommend it to all teenagers as well as adults.I originally gave this 4 s but decided to change that to 5 s because it made me think, and laugh, and cry, and think some .


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    You know something, Jacob, I d hate to be as smart as John I mean he was really, really smart, and to be that smart means you know all the answers, and when you know all the answers there s no room for dreaming To me, there are three different kinds of books, one where the book is simply unsatisfactory Second where it is only appropriate for its certain era And third where I just knew this book has made a lasting impression on me.Looking for Alibrandi falls to the third category From the very first page, I was captured by Marchetta s compelling writing and humorous characters filled with so much life Looking for Alibrandi is timeless and should be rendered as classic as it rightfully deserve.Since I don t see myself writing a proper review ever, I ll do a cliff note version of what made me laugh and cry Feminism Even though this book is set in 90 s the feminist message was very much relevant and integrated to the plot and the characters s arc Sex positive Once again Marchetta s characters discuss that you can be sex positive, whether you dont like sex, you like sex or you don t give a fuck about sex Amazeballs FAMILY LOVE FAMILY DRAMA As expected from Marchetta, you ll find how family is very necessary to this story as well.I m certain I forgot a lot of things I genuinely adore about this book, but anyhow this is an incredible debut and just as powerful as Marchetta s following works.


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