Looking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta Marcella Russo / Sep 21, 2019

Looking for Alibrandi Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen 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 l

  • Title: Looking for Alibrandi
  • Author: Melina Marchetta Marcella Russo
  • ISBN: 9781742600314
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, 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 faJosephine Alibrandi is seventeen, 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.

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      • Melina Marchetta Marcella Russo

        Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children s Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004 Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper s Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier s Lit Award, NSW Premier s Lit Award, Prime Minister s Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn were released in 2012 and 2013 Her latest novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an adult crime novel.


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    1. 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 reckoningrchetta is a magnificent dragond 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 complet [...]


    2. “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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. *mrsbbookreviews.wordpressSo 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 Meli [...]


    7. 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 naiv [...]


    8. 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 more 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 fortun [...]


    9. 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 ne [...]


    10. “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 [...]


    11. Looking for Alibrandi is Melina Marchetta’s debut – and after the emotional rollercoaster that were Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son, I have to admit that I am a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, compared to a lot of other debuts, this one is still excellent, but on the Melina-Marchetta scale it is probably my least favourite (This sounds bad here, but except Finnikin, all her other novels are among my absolute all-time favourites). Why? Simply because it didn [...]


    12. See more reviews at YA Midnight ReadsI have nothing new to say about Looking for Alibrandi; my review is just going to be an echo of everyone else’s thoughts. I don’t know why I took such a prolonged time to start reading Melina Marchetta novels, but I certainly regret that I didn’t start sooner. In fact, I probably should have listened to my mum when she recommended it to me last year--it was the first book she ever read in English when she first came to Australia. She is still in love wi [...]


    13. I think it would be an understatement to say I loved this book. AlthoughLooking for Alibrandiis by no means my favorite Marchetta novel, it's definitely tied withThe Piper's Sonfor third. (In case you were wondering,Saving Francescais my favorite followed closely byJellicoe Road. ) In many ways, I feel as ifLooking for Alibrandiis Marchetta's most personal novel - I felt as if I could feel parts of her within it. Although authors pour a part of their soul into every work of fiction they write,Lo [...]


    14. 5 big ★sI loved this, and reading it shortly after reading The Getting of Wisdom and Behind the Sun made an interesting contrast. Josephine Alibrandi is telling her own story at the age of 18 about her last year of high school, her background, and her pals. She’s an out-of-place wog on scholarship who has a few good friends amid the snobs.The Getting of Wisdom is a story told by Laura, describing her early years at a private school, her background, and her pals in the late 1800s. She’s an [...]


    15. “I’ll run one day. Run for my life. To be free and think for myself. Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in-between. I’ll run to be emancipated. If my society will let me.”Initial Final Page Thoughts.I honestly think the world will stop turning the day I read a MM book I do not like. High Points.Strong females. Josie. Nuns. Religion. Family. The past. Jacob. The future. FBA. Identity. Culture. Fast food first jobs. Stories. Catching me off guard with the sadness (whi [...]


    16. I'm good at the reviewing part. The thoughts come and I just jot them down, but damn I must have tried to write this one for at least 3 times now. And frankly I'm getting pissed off. So let me try this one more time.It's the weakest Marchetta novel I've read to date. It doesn't pull on your heart-strings. And whereas her books are so character driven, I felt no connection to any character this time around (apart perhaps a little to John.) I did find how Josie dealt with not feeling accepted and [...]


    17. First read: April 2013Melina Marchetta is one of the authors whose grocery shopping lists I would be glad to read and devour. I jumped into Alibrandi without knowing what to expect. Like Saving Francesca, Alibrandi looks like one story but turns out to be so much more. What I get from this book is a story about an Italian-Australian girl who struggles to find her footing in the world all the while dealing with her conservative Italian culture and the consequences of being an illegitimate child. [...]


    18. Rating Clarification: 4.5 StarsI only wish we could have been the best or the worst in the class. Not just somewhere in between… Purgatory I hate it so much that when I die, and if God sends me there, I’ll beg him to send me to hell instead.What can I say about Melina Marchetta that I haven’t said before? I love her character driven novels, I wish I could meet each and everyone one of them, and if I could define novel honesty fused with passion, I’d stamp a Marchetta book cover as an exa [...]


    19. 26 sticky notes, countles teary moments and quite a few laughs later I can say that even Marchetta's debut is brilliant and magical just as her work published after Alibrandi. This book highlights perfectly, with an authentic voice, how it feels to be an immigrant. There are so many notions and remarks about politics, cultural differences, general truths of life and more that fit well to describe life now when after almost a quarter of a century has passed.I'd recommend Looking for Alibrandi for [...]


    20. In spite of my reservations I actually really enjoyed reading this book, although I couldn't help feeling that I probably should have read it in my teens. Except that it wasn't written when I was a teenager!!!! I loved Josephine and I enjoyed her spunk and thought she was very funny and clever. I also enjoyed seeing her relationship with both her Nonna and her father evolve. Although initially I thought that this might just be a teen book I realised that it was so much more with very serious the [...]


    21. I think if I had read Looking for Alibrandi first, I would have given it five stars. Of course, then would have had to come up with an additional star rating for her other books! Melina Marchetta works her trademark magic in her very first book, holding onto you until the very last page. Looking for Alibrandi has all the components of an amazing young adult book - emotionally gripping, introspective and witty. But somehow, it lacks the punch her later books have. It doesn't grab you by the thro [...]


    22. Trigger warnings: suicide, depression, some seriously controlling bullshit in romantic relationships, discrimination against ethnic minorities.2/6/2017Last time I read this, I was kind of meh about it. Gave it three stars, despite all the love I'd had for it as a teenager. But five years on, I think for me this has reached classic status. It's definitely dated. There are some pretty misogynistic attitudes. The mental health side of things ist particularly well handled? But I just love this story [...]


    23. I can definitely see why this novel won a whole bunch of awards. There's a lot of layers to this book, just like all of the other Marchetta novels I've read. This is the story of a girl dealing with all of the complexities of having two nationalities, while not really fitting in to either one. It's also about three generations of Italian women who broke the rules. Throw in a coming of age story with first love and all of that good stuff, and you still don't have half of what this book is about. [...]


    24. Read in high school. Remember the movie - Matthew Newton?! Story of my life really. Shabby memory. My daughter has read, so I need to re-read this Aussie classic. She has a new one out, too. What am I waiting for? Too many books


    25. **Audible Review**Aussie Reading Challenge #5I was initially hesitant to read Looking for Alibrandi in the audible version because I was fearful I would miss all of Merlina Marchetta’s noteworthy and notable quotes. I’ve read 3 of her books and there were definitely several quotable lines in each one so I was sure this was no different. But, it was there staring at me at the library’s book shelf waiting for me to take it home. How could anyone resist Marchetta, right? Well, thankfully I di [...]



    26. I have never come across an author whose work I swore by. I've read many great pieces of literature but they stand alone, they are individual. A writer's first novel might leave me uninspired but his second novel might break my heart. Its like music, not every song by a musician is going to be a hit. Until Melina Marchetta. I wasn't even worried when I picked up Looking for Alibrandi because I knew it would be good. And it was. I feel like all of her books are on par with each other, except for [...]


    27. Living is the challenge. Not dying. Dying is so easy. Sometimes it only takes ten seconds to die. But living? That can take you eighty years and you do something in that time.There are a few minor spoilers in this review. I think I've hidden the major ones, but beware if you haven't read the book.Looking for Alibrandi is the first Marchetta novel that actually made me cry (it's a surprise for me, too). If I had to rate her books in order of preference, I would put it third on the list (after Jel [...]


    28. 4-1/2 stars. I loved this book. "This life is shit. All we care about is making money and being big. Look at all the injustice and terrorism and prejudice, Josie." And for a minute, no just a second, really, I wondered if [John] was right. I wondered if it was all one big useless existence. I wondered if I wanted to raise my children with fear in their hearts. I figured that heaven must be a great place to go to get away from the madness, but I'm not ready for heaven yet and I don't think heaven [...]


    29. I can't believe this was a debut novel. Melina Marchetta has a brilliant way of writing real and relatable characters that you feel an immediate connection to. This was an amazing story that had me laughing hysterically in many parts. I've been having a hard time trying to think of what to say in this review so I'm just going to list the things I love about this book:Josephine and her big, smart mouth. She's feisty and not a pushover. That along with her big mouth often gets her into trouble. Ye [...]


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