Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saving Francesca:


By Melina Marchetta

Synopsis courtesy of Amazon:

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, along, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

Saving Francesca is a funny, charming, lovely book that anyone with a spar moment should read. The characters you meet in the beginning that may annoy you or gross you out turn into lovable, adorable, and friendly friends. Francesca voice is one of a true teenager trying to find her way in life, even if her Mom's ( temporally) given up on it. The handsome knight in shinning armor is .... not really that great on the eyes, but his personalty makes him all the more lovable (and annoying). And this book might go to show you that you may be a whole lot different ( and stronger) than you think you are.
4 1/2 stars
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