Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta is a well know Australian author. I was in the ABC shop looking for a book when I found Looking for Alibrandi, which was her first novel. I really loved it; I actually have a review of it if you want to check that out. But when I finished that, I decided to look around at some of Marchetta’s other work and that’s when I found Saving Francesca. It sounded pretty good, so I bought it, and as a consequence, really enjoyed reading it.


There’s just something about the way she writes that pulls you in and you cant stop. I could hardly put it down, and have read it many times as a result. If you have read any of her work, or even Saving Francesca, then you should know what I’m talking about. I hope you enjoy the review.


“ Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boys’ school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has a breakdown and can barely move from her bed. But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it’s within her power to bring her family back together.”




Before there was Eleanor and Park, there was Francesca and Will.


I really loved this book; I loved the setting and the storyline. I also really liked the fact that she mixed different cultures. She takes real-life situations and builds a story around them, something I really admire and find good in stories.


I picked up this book because I loved Marchetta’s debut, Looking For Alibrandi and thought well if that was so good, this one should be the same or even better. And I have to say I loved it, but I’m not too sure what one I like better, I really can’t choose.


At the school Francesca moved to, there are only about 20 or so girls, and only a small group were from Stella’s, her former school, and not really the people she hung out with. Siobhan, Tara and Justine. Somehow they form an unlikely friendship, and get along with each other. That is until Francesca says the wrong thing.


She feels as if nothing and no one understands her and that no one wants her around. So she leaves. She gets on a train and gets off at a random station. She doesn’t really understand why she is there or what happened, but in the end everything turns out better than she expected. It’s not perfect, but its better than it was.


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