Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta

Barnes & Noble

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's 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 as to 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.

Wow. I am totally in love with this book. I listened to the audiobook, and I feel like I could listen to the narrator talk forever. She has the most wonderful voice. And I do love Australian accents!

The story hit home for me, as my family has a long history with depression. So I know *exactly* what Francesca was going through at home: the fear and uncertainty; anger toward her parents; and the loneliness of not having anyone to talk to.

I laughed at so many points in the book. Of course, I can't remember any of them now, but it's really quite a humorous story for such a serious topic.

I didn't want the book to end! I wanted to hear more about Francesca and her friends.

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