“Eat, Jozzie, eat. Oh, Jozzie, Jozzie. Look at your hair. Why, Jozzie? Why can you not look tidy?”
My grandmother says that to me every afternoon. She says it with a painful cry in her voice as if she is dying. I’m not sure if anyone has ever died of the fact that their granddaughter looks untidy, but I’m sure my grandmother will one day because she’ll strain her voice so much she’ll choke.
For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mum, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic private girls’ school where the nuns couldn’t be any stricter. But that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into Josie’s life, including her father!
Caught between the old-world values of her Italian nonna Katia, the no-nonsense wisdom of her mother Cristina, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josie is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past – and the year she sets herself free.
A sensational debut.Herald Sun
A novel to rejoice in. A story from the heart.Australian Bookseller and Publisher
Award-winning Australian author Melina Marchetta has created a strong and sassy role model in Josephine, whom girls with growing pains on both sides of the Pacific will love. With its accurate and insightful portrayal of a young woman’s coming of age, Looking for Alibrandi will have female teens waiting eagerly for Marchetta’s next novel.Amazon.com
“An extraordinarily intelligent and passionate novel, written with remarkable self assurance.”The Age