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Saving Francesca Paperback – May 9, 2006
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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.
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I'm not too far out of high school, so Marchetta's descriptions really rung true for me. Francesca deals with feeling like a loner, worrying about doing "the wrong thing," worrying about which friends are her real ones, meeting people outside her "normal" friend circle and realizing that they are worthwhile, too, and dealing with her family. Everything was vivid and lifelike, including Francesca's mother's depression.
I went on highs and lows with Francesca, rooting for her the whole way through, and the end of the book has an excellent resolution that wasn't everything tied up with a pretty ribbon, but learning to deal with your place in the world and finding your own little pocket of happiness and worth.
Francesca's mother, Mia, is a very motivated and vivacious Communications Lecturer, who plays a huge role in the Spinelli family. Mia insists on sending Francesca to St Sebastian's, an all boy's school which has just started accepting girls. At St Stella's, Francesca's former school, she had belonged to the "cool group," the group that every girl dreams of being in. St Stella's only caters for students up until grade 10 (the majority of the students continued their education at Pius Senior College). Mia believes that Pius Senior College limits students and does not want this for Francesca. Much to Francesca's dismay she is bombarded with testosterone and forced to move away from her comfort zone to associate with three other girls from St Stella's; Siobhan the `slut', Tara the `fanatic' and Justine the `loser'.
The students of St Sebastian's are thoroughly against sharing their school with females. They hate change and especially hate those who cause the change. They cannot deal with girls having an opinion and if faced with an opinionated female, label them a "lesbian".Read more ›
Francesca is one of thirty girls going to a coed school that used to be an all boy's school, a school of more than 700 boys. Her mother is falling into deep depression and won't get out of bed for more than 3 months. The friends she thought she had at her old school aren't really friends. The only choices for new friends are a rag tag group of outcasts. She has strange neighbors that are always happy, driving her nuts. She blames her dad for her mom being sick. The 12th year prefect is driving her crazy. She doesn't smile or talk much. Can her life ever get any better?
2 stars- not my taste
So I heard about this book on another blog and checked it out on goodreads. Everyone loved it, so I picked it up at the library. I started reading and thought what is up with this writing? I put it down. I don't usually finish books I don't like so I was surprised when I picked it back up. There has to be something there, so many people liked it. I waited. I read. I never liked it. But maybe you will.
Here are the problems I had with this book:
* Scattered writing where it seems that scenes go unfinished and forgotten
* Severe depression not being treated to the point that it's neglect
* Too many big problems that overwhelm the story
* Too many minor characters that make my head spin
So you can probably tell from my summary that there are a lot of story points that are wrapped up in a relatively short book. No wonder scenes seem to go unfinished, no room to deal with it all. As for the depression, I live with family that suffers from it.Read more ›
From the best selling and award winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, comes Melina Marchetta's second novel - Saving Francesca, a memorable story, told with much compassion, joy and love. A story that revisits adolescent pain with an Italian heritage, but with a new cast of characters we come to care deeply about.
For as long as Francesca Spinelli can remember, she has relied on other people to tell her who she is. Her mother, Mia, never let a day pass when she would not comment on Francesca's laziness, or talent, or passion. Her friend's at Stella's would compliment on her sweet and non-threatening nature. But in year eleven, Francesca has found herself St. Sebastian's - an all boys school that has recently started accepting girls. Forced out of her contented niche at St. Stella's, she fears she is invisible, believes she is silent and comes to the startling realisation that her identity may well be gone forever. The fact that her manipulative and over-bearing, but deeply relied upon and loved mother, has taken to her bed with depression, adds to Francesca's worries. It appears that life could not get any worse, and Francesca sets out on a turbulent journey to retrieve her identity and survive her mother's illness.
Saving Francesca takes place in terms two and three of Francesca's eleventh year at school.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was incredibly amazing.
It disguises itself as a simple story about love and school and friends, but it's so much more. Read more
I have so many feels for this book! I love how perfectly imperfect the characters are, especially Francesca. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna
I did not expect this novel to be a masterpiece, and the only reason I picked it up in the first place was because On the Jellicoe Road had ruined me and I needed more of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley Reads Books
I e enjoyed the story. Francesca is still trying to come to terms with her self, and then her Mom becomes depressed. I love the family dynamics. Great book.Published 3 months ago by Susan Bush
Francesca si a teenager figuring out who she is, going through the beautiful and sad things in life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda R
This book gives a good portrayal of teenage angst in all of its guises.
The invisibility that teenagers often feel and their struggles with the same... Read more
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PUSHED THIS BOOK ON ME (LISA, JESSI, KATIE, NAZEEFA, SUE, ERI, JESS, LAURA AND EVERYONE ELSE I'M BLANKING ON RN) ILY! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
I enjoyed it but the ending felt very abrupt. I like the way coming of age and the other experiences she went through were explored and described. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leyns
A masterpiece of the YA genre. Certainly one of the most honest. When I read more of her books I'll have more to say about her.Published 11 months ago by Jason Clevenger