Book Review: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, a boys’ school that 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, alone, 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.

*****

 INSIGHTFUL.

Saving Francesca was another suprise from Marchetta. I loved Jellicoe Road, and i was a little doubtful that Marchetta can impress me a second time. But she did! I found this book very enjoyable. So how was Francesca saved? She was saved by a mix of different, if not eccentric, friendships.

I’m not sure if I like Frankie, because i found her somewhat weak. She was lost when her mom was lost. Perhaps she was too dependent? But in the end, i found her okay. Will‘s character is somewhat rush: one scene he’s obnoxious, the next one he’s all over Frankie. There was a small gap where his relationship with Frankie should’ve materialized. But still, he’s very good in taking care of Frankie once the conflicts have been resolved. I looove Thomas McKee! His deadpans are so chuckle-worthy and his caring for the girls are heartwarming. I find his presence in Frankie’s life stronger than Will’s. I really like Justine (soft but firm character), and Tara (i wanna be her!). I adored Jimmy the most. His moments with Frankie were priceless, funny and sad at the same time.

Saving Francesca is not a light read, considering the book cover is somewhat flippant. I love the portrayal of friendships here above all. Frankie was on auto-pilot because of her family problems, but with her friends (of which she did not like any of them at the start) she starts to find, understand and reinvent herself… I was swept by Marchetta’s magic all over again. 😉

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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