Thursday, 4 August 2011

Review- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca
Melina Marchetta
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 9th May 2006
My rating: 5 out of 5

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian's, a boys' school that 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 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

I realise I am a bit late to the Saving Francesca party in that I'm probably the last person on the planet to read it but just on the off chance that someone reading this hasn't read it yet then this is firstly, a plea to go and read it and secondly, my chance to gush about how heart stoppingly brilliant Saving Francesca is and how it literally took my breath away.

Every single character is so well developed and thought out it's impossible not to fall in love with this book. From Francesca herself who struggles to find her own voice and place at St. Sebastian's amongst the hundreds of boys and 29 other girls who attend whilst dealing with the heartbreaking break up of her previously tight knit family unit as her mother suffers from crippling depression and her father struggles to cope. To the most amazing group of supporting characters that I have read in ages who slowly become Francesca's friends and support group. I want a book each about Siobhan, Justine and Tara and I immediately bought The Piper's Son when I realised it was Tom's story (he is secretly my favourite).

I enjoyed every minute of Saving Francesca, it's completely unforgettable and I realise now why everybody has been raving about it.


  1. Now I am the last person to read this book. Yikes!!
    "Add to cart" STAT!! Sounds awesome. :)

  2. YAY! Glad you liked this one (Marchetta is queen, seriously!)

    Now you should read 'The Piper's Son' to get the continuing story of Francesca and co. (this time with Tom MacKee narrating)

  3. C.J Phew I thought I was the last person left to read it. I think you will love it, it's beautifully written.

    Danielle- I just finished The Piper's Son it was AMAZING I will be posting my review tomorrow. If you have any other recommendations please give me a shout!

  4. I've not even heard of Saving Francesca...but I do think I need to read this one! Thanks for the review!

  5. I'm so glad you liked this!! It's been one of my favourite books for a long time.

    The Cait Files

  6. You have the best taste in books!

    This is another one that I will have to read to my wishlist now :D

  7. Thank you Jules and yes definetly add it to your wishlist you will not regret it.

    Cait it's now one of my favs too. I absolutely loved it.

  8. I havent read this one either! I must though, it sounds brilliant! Thank you for brining it to my attention!


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