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Book Log: Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta.
It's hard to express how much I loved this book. I had read Looking For Alibrandi and liked it, but wasn't blown away, but I was blown away by this one. Francesca's mother can't get out of bed one morning. Francesca herself has to cope not only with the consequences of this on her family, but with the fact that she is one of a few "token girls" at an all-boys Catholic school. The girls she thought had been her friends, weren't. She finds friends, and love, in unexpected places. Marchetta has a sure touch with the voices of Francesca and her friends. The novel is in turns funny and intensely moving, and she's not afraid to portray strong family relationships, intelligent young people, and strong bonds of friendship, while still managing to convey a clear understanding of popular culture. Tightly structured, with a wonderfully controlled tone and style, this is a book that will reward rereading. Highly recommended.

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