Looking for Alibrandi

 
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Looking for Alibrandi
Age Range
14+
Release Date
November 04, 1993
ISBN
0868196231
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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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A must read for everyone!
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Once again, the Australian author card is played and it is a hit. But, anything by Melina Marchetta is going to be good.

I wish I had read this book sooner. It's an essential coming of age novel. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen, these are the books you also need to read. The ones you want.

Loved the relatable inner voice and school crushes and uncertain future planning. The beautiful writing and positively stunning characters. The strong family bond and unbreakable friendships.

It as all perfect and heartbreaking and sincere.

And I have to get the movie very soon!
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An Amazing Book That I Couldn't Stop Reading Till I'd Finished It!
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Reader reviewed by Kit Kat

This was an amazing book that most teen girls can relate to! I loved it for its passion, its commitment to life, its bubbling ideas, its warmth and its amazing ending that brought a tear to my eye! So if your looking for an amazing book with a lovely end that will bring a smile and a small tear of happiness to your face, than this is defiantly the book for you!!!
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Alibrandi's done it again- truly captivating story
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Reader reviewed by PAM

a real down to earth novel. Marchetta writes with what seems to be the work of an expirenced author for her first book. there's something about Josephine Alibrandi that just makes her likable. a witty, but serous story about the struggle for a teenager girl to find out who she really is and emancipate herself from the world. you'll be sure to relate to Josie and not want the story to end.

A must read, recommended for all teens.
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Wonderful Coming-of-Age Novel
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

Looking for Alibrandi is a wonderful novel and hard to find anything bad to say about. In fact, the only negative aspect was that the book began a little slow. While the book started slow in terms of plot action, it was still entertaining because of the characters.

Josephine is such a relatable, loveable character. Anyone who is a teenager, or remembers their teenage self, will get her. I cannot recall a better characterization of what it is like being a teenager and figuring out yourself and the world. The plot may be your regular run-of-the-mill coming-of-age novel, but Josephine makes it so much more because her character is strong and real.

After the initial slow start, the novel flies by. I was sad to see it end and would like to have read more. It is a bittersweet moment because there isn't any more book to read but I know it was a great novel when I am not satisfied that it has ended so soon.

I highly recommend Looking for Alibrandi and look forward to reading more from Marchetta.
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I'm glad I found Alibrandi
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Reader reviewed by Jazz

This book is no fairy story - but a believable "real life" story based on a year in the life of Alibrandi - a sixteen year old Aussie-Greek girl. This is the year Alibrandi finally gets to meet her father and finds out a few other interesting family secrets.

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this book was amazing
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Looking for Alibrandi was a very good book, never in my life have I read such a touching book. I think its the kind of book I will be able to read over and over again, and still love it, as soon as I started I couldnt put it down. From making me cry& to making me laugh this book made me realize that it is a crazy world out there, and why do people deserve to get offended to racism. Josephine is an everyday teenager who loves her friends and boys like every average girl.. And by reading this book makes me love my family even more. I think this book defiantly stands for its name, because Josie found who she really was.. "Looking for Alabrandi" it doesnt matter what name you have.. Its who loves and cares for you, and who will always be around you. I'm sure that this girl, has inspired many of us. Letting us know that life wont always be easy.

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This book is GREAT!!
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Reader reviewed by Ivy

This book is full of emotions. Strong emotions, too. I mean, it is both bitter and sweet, sad and happy. It's one of those books where you are crying with all your tears a minute before, then a minute after, you're all cheering and laughing hard.

It's a wonderfully written book! I absolutely love this book!
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AWSOME BOOK!!
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Reader reviewed by Sophie

This is a fantastic book for any teenager. i really enjoyed it. About Josephine as she goes through a year of school and love and family issues. Fantastic Must Read
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