Monday, October 26, 2015
Book Review: "Saving Francesca" by Melina Marchetta
I remember this book getting a little buzz when it first came out, but it slipped off my radar before I read it. Now, it is the November book for the teen book group at the library and since our teen librarian will be away at a conference - I get to lead the group this month! I'm so excited because this group is what I miss most about being the teen librarian. Granted, a good many of the members graduated last year - but I'm looking forward to meeting the newest members.
So, right, the book. It is a little older now, and a little dated. I am going to hope (and pray) that teens today will still get the Buffy mentions, but I'm not so sure about Alanis. This is also set in Australia, so I hope that the local dialect and cultural references will still hold up as well. The heart of the story is timeless though. A girl thrust into an unknown world, with her comfort zone stripped away and needing to stand up for herself. She needs to figure herself out anyway, figure out what makes her happy. She finds herself in the rag tag group of friends whom I really enjoyed. They were all so different! Some bordered on cliche, but the dialogue was excellent and funny and thoughtful. I hope the teens liked it too!
by Melina Marchetta