Friday, March 19, 2010
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
FTC Disclosure: borrowed from library
Content: PG-13 for language and adult themes
This is the first Australian fiction I've ever read and it was wonderful! I listened to the audio book and it made the story jump out for me. The narrator did a great job and really pulled me into Australia. Since it was an audio book that I usually listened to in the car and I wasn't able to write down some things...like a lot of Australian words and phrases. So nothing specific, but it was fun to listen to!
Francesca is heading off to an all boy's school that has just allowed girls in for the first time. She's struggling with her mother's mental breakdown and struggling with trying to figure life out. It's an amazing coming of age story. Marchetta really knows how to weave a beautiful story together. I really cared about all of the characters. The language never felt forced or contrived, which was really refreshing.
The only thing I would I would say I didn't like was the light treatment of mental illness. It's still a huge stigma everywhere and it would've been nice had the author chosen to make it less of one...
But other than that I absolutely loved this book! Read it!