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What makes Saving Francesca an exceptional standout in a vast field of mediocre teen chick lit is Frankie's painfully nuanced characterization. It has been ten years since high school teacher Marchetta's break out hit, Looking for Alibrandi, came out in her native Australia, and the care and precision she took in getting Francesca's voice just right is evident. As a result, there isn't a girl alive that wouldn't feel right at home in Francesca's skin. Her frank observations about boys, with their hygienically-challenged habits and their ineptitude in dealing with the opposite sex, are dead-on and riotously funny. Marchetta deftly balances Francesca's humor with a sympathetic depiction of Mia's struggle with clinical depression, creating a well-rounded novel that will prompt both laughter and tears. Fans can only hope that they won't have to wait another decade for Marchetta to gift them with another of honest and moving story. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was another book that made me laugh and cry.
Saving Francesca is the first contemporary fiction novel I have read from author Melina Marchetta, and I found it to be a beautifully realistic coming of age story.
Saving Francesca is the much awaited second novel by the bestselling author Melina Marchetta.
Francesca Spinelli hates her new school, a formerly all-boys academy with 750 male students and only 29 other females. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Compulsive Reader
I don't know what it is about Melina Marchetta's writing exactly that haunts me. She writes in a fashion that forces the reader to keep up--no long-winded descriptions or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by writegrrrl
The story in a nutshell:
Francesca feels like her life is falling apart. She’s now enrolled at St. Sebastian’s, a recently converted co-ed school. Read more
<em>Saving Francesca</em> has been on my TBR list for a while, but the reason I picked it up is <a... Read more
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta is the story of Francesca, as she navigates the treacherous waters of Year 11 in a school that only recently opened it’s super-traditional... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annabel Krantz
The book is well written yet it lacks that memorable attribute that great books have. I would recommend it but I wouldn't read it againPublished 3 months ago by Deyni
The short of it:
Saving Francesca is another beautiful book from Melina Marchetta and now I can’t wait to go read more. Read more
I loved this book! It just kind of snuck up on me. The story was so real and, at times, the emotion was very raw.
Francesca doesn't really care much about appearances. Read more