April 20, 2012

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

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.

My Thoughts/Review:

I really liked Francesca. She was headstrong, but just a little to afraid to say what was she thought, which made her a really good character, and it made her real. In the best way possible. She also had a great sense of humor. Her friends were great too. The story was completely unique, and it flowed pretty good. It wasn't as good as Jellicoe Road, but it was still pretty awesome. Ya. Nothing compares to Jellicoe Road. Will was alright, but he kept doing a myriad of assholeish things.He sure made up for it in the end, though. This book kept me interested, and after all, what more could a girl need?

But God doesn't talk to me. It's because every night I lie here with music in my ears and I say my prayers and fall asleep in the middle of them. He only talks to people like Mia. People he thinks are worth it. Because they have passion. They have something. I have nothing. I'm...Keep awake Francesca. Keep awake and start to pray.
I am a waste of space.
I am...

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