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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and What Makes it Relevant Today

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

Not too long ago, my mum gave me a book to read during my travels to and from school. A classic, great. That book was Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and it was anything but classic.

As usual, I will not be containing any spoilers for those who have not read it.

Looking for Alibrandi follows Josephine Alibrandi, a seventeen year old girl in her final year at a wealthy all girls school. Growing up, Josephine struggled to accept her culture, abandonment by her father and her social displacement within her prestigious high school. During her final year she begins to accept herself for who she is. In letting go of rigid expectations, she learns that the best things in life come from the most unlikely places. She deals with loss, love and the realisation of the many sacrifices her single mother has made to give her a better life.


Looking for Alibrandi is in no way a ~new~ novel as it was first published in 1992. Although it is close to 30 years old, the book is still relevant to audiences today. The novel deals with themes that are relatable to many such as self acceptance, love, loss and support from others. I greatly enjoyed the book and though I don’t necessarily apply to some of the themes I still related with Josephine in a way I didn’t think possible. I know many people who have also found affinity with the loveable character.

The way the plot flows is very easy to understand and tackles serious issues head on. The novel is sometimes blunt and unexpected but for me it was an excellent wake up call and a perfect insight into the lives of others.


I really loved this book and its ability to reach and relate to people from every corner of the world. As usual, please leave any thoughts in the comments.


Your Favourite Bookworm 🙂