* Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House*
I received this gorgeous hardcover edition of Looking For Alibrandi from Random House last year, as part of their National Book Bloggers Forum (NBBF14) and finally got around to reading it last month.
For those who don't know, Looking For Alibrandi was written by Australian author Melina Marchetta and published in the early 1990s.
Based in Sydney, it's essentially a YA coming of age novel focussing on teenager Josephine (Josie) Alibrandi as she attends a Catholic school on scholarship, falls in love, argues with her mother and grandmother, meets her father and decides her future.
Considered a modern Australian classic, I enjoyed Josie's sense of humour and Marchetta's ability to capture the character of an Italian nonna so very well.
I'd recommend Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta for YA readers of either gender.
My rating = ***