Friday, December 17, 2004

Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, YA FIC MAR

Francesca's junior year of high school is not turning out to be great, in any sense of the word. Her parents have forced her to attend St. Sebastian's school, a newly co-ed establishment that threatens to destroy any semblance of a social life Francesca may have had. "What a dream come true, right? Seven hundred and fifty boys and thirty girls? But the reality is that it’s either like living in a fish bowl or like you don’t exist." And, on the first day of the new term, Francesca's normally exuberant mother doesn't get out of bed.

As her mother's depression begins to tear her family apart Francesca has to figure out who she is in her ever-changing world. Is she the quiet girl who went with the flow at her old school, or is she someone who will dance in front of her class with one of the biggest troublemakers in school? Although the details may not be the same, Francesca's story is a familiar one - and one you won't be able to put down.

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