I have been told, time and time again, to start reading Melina Marchetta, and now I have. And it’s probably the best thing ever.
I went into this book knowing nothing, so this cover gave me the impression that this was going to be about a stereotypical popular girl that secretly needed saving in the secretly-tortured-soul kind of way. But I was wrong. So for this cover, I’d give it a C- because they really could’ve done something much better to tease and represent the theme of the book.
Saving Francesca is a book by Aussie author Melina Marcheta about a girl named Francesca Spinelli. The book revolves around Francesca’s struggle with her mother’s sudden change in behavior all the while trying to make it in a recently co-ed school called St. Sebastian’s whose only standard of being a co-ed school is having a separate bathroom for the girls. So in addition to the struggle of dealing with an acutely depressed mom, a misogynist school environment, BOYS, and a less-than-a-handful of familiar faces from her old school, all on top of the identity crisis she’s going through with everyone labeling her to be something she feels like she’s not.
What I love most about this book was the excellent prose. Sensations that normally can’t be put to words – Marchetta did it wonderfully. Once I started reading this book, I became so attuned to it until the very end – at 4AM. The telling and unassuming nature of the world around real depression and inner crises was great and is a formula for a future reread soon.
Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars