Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
What’s it about? Francesca’s mother, Mia, is vivacious. She is motivated. She is go, go, go. And then, one day, she isn’t. Mia is laying bed, throwing up, not eating, and not talking. NOT being her. One day turns into months and Francesca is starting to realize she has no idea who she is without her mother, without her family. She’s always tried to fade into the background, be like everybody else. Do everything her “friends” tell her to. But when you’ve been forced to go to a school with only 30 girls and the other few hundred happen to be guys, things are bound to change a little.
What I thought of it & why I picked it up: I love this book. Starting it out I thought it would be slightly above average, but let me just say now that this book blew me away. The best part about it is that it is amazing in the *subtle* ways. Like how it’s set in Europe. Like the way Francesca narrates the book. Like how it’s not full of a bunch of moments that are meant to be all meaningful and have an exact purpose in the book. Instead you see her life. Exactly how it is and how she is reacting to it. It honestly reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That is saying something considering John Green is one of THE most amazing authors I’ve ever read. The thing that made this novel great was its characters. For me, that’s the deciding factor in every book I read. Melina Marchetta’s characters are so real you could reach out and touch them. They have depth. They have history. And they talk like real human beings. The story also progresses the friendships in a way that mimicked reality. We all know it takes time to make friends. This story took the time. Most don’t.
Recommended for: teenagers, librarians, teachers
Review by: Lauren B.
Thanks for the review, Lauren!