Looking for Alibrandi is an australian novel
, - and now a movie
- written by Melina Marchetta
of a lot of popular Australian modern young adult literature
. Published by Puffin in 1992, it is the winner of multiple awards
, and has fast become a classic must-read
for young adults
. However as a book originating from and based on much Australian culture
it's popularity remains mainly local
"And what's this about you and your friends driving around Bondi Junction half-dressed last week?"
"Who told you that?"
"Signora Formosa saw you. she said you and your friends almost ran her over. She rang Zia Patrizia's next-door neighbour and it got back to Nonna."
Telecom would go broke if it weren't for the Italians.
Josphine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.
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.
books, this is one that deals with the life of a teenager
, and other exciting youth issues
, foremost among them teen angst
. Fortunately unlike
much other shitty teen angst literature
where every second sentence bemoans the woes of the universe
, Looking for Alibrandi
actually offers a relatively stimulating
and thought provoking
book. By no means a Pulitzer Prize
winner, but definitely clear of the massive sub
of shitty bitchy pointless bleak literature
for halfwit teenagers
. You might have noticed I hate media about teen angst
. Kick it to the curb girlfriend!
into consideration, and the fact that I still rate this book as above average
the book must be doing something right
. It actually makes reading about teen issues bearable
- even enjoyable
! This defies the fundamental laws of my universe
. In my memory it is one of the most notable
ing things about the book.
It follows the exploits
Alibrandi, an illegitimate
child, as a schoolgirl in her last few months of high school
. Issues such as identity
and parent relationship
s, single parent families
and all sorts of other exiting things
I suppose in a very very loose
way you could liken it to The Catcher in the Rye
. Please don't hurt me
It also classifies as one of those books that teachers make you read
for literature tasks