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Looking For Alibrandi, By Melina Marchetta

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In the novel, Looking for Alibrandi, by "Melina Marchetta we are taken on the journey of Josephine Alibrandi searching for her identity in the world. The story is about maturity, destiny, knowing who you are and making rational decisions. The story is set in Sydney, Australia and covers 12 months in the most crucial stage of Josie's education at the elite St Martha's Catholic Girls School, but also perhaps the most crucial time in her lie so far.Josie encounters an array of problems and issues in her life including her illegitimacy, whether to have sex or not, her family's history, to have a sexual relationship, her ethnic background and pressures at her school, however all these issues, that seemed to be recurring to Josie helped her grow into a mature young lady who was able to make informed, mature decisions about her own life and was able to finally, willingly accept her heritage and most importantly herself for who and everything she was.Josie's initial problem was her illegitimacy and the fact that she wasn't accepted at the superior girls school which she attended as she was born out of wedlock. The other girls also treated Josie as an outcast due to her ethnic background & the ethnic customs which she was forced to practice, such as visiting her Nonna Katia every afternoon.One certain day at school Josie was pushed a little bit too far & she took matters into her own hands by violently retaliating to Carly's (a rich, princes-like, popular girl at Josie's school whom constantly teases Josie) nasty remarks about her ethnic background by breaking her nose with a science text book. This time in the novel is also significant as it was the first time in Josie's life she had actually needed and depended on her Father. It could even be perceived as a reflection of Josie's immaturity at that particular time as previous to this encounter with her father she didn't want to know him, and she now wanted him to rescue her from being taken to court as he was a lawyer. And to also aggravate Carly by proving her wrong after she barked, "she can't afford laywer…" and "you don't have a dad!" Although through out this experience Michael Andretti (Josie's father) made Josie aware of an important reality, that she actually was an ethnic, "You are a Wog Josie!" He also preached to her that she should be proud of this instead of attacking people who put her down about this. From that day on Josie and her father began building the foundations of a relationship with each other.Due to Josie's upbringing as a child out of wedlock and into an Italian family she constantly had to deal with negative tension from her Nonna, as she believed that Josie bought the 'curse' upon their family. Josie's Nonna was always hassling Josie bout humiliating the 'Alibrandi' name, even though no-one expected Josie to amount to anything, due to her father's prolonged absence. Consequently Josie dreaded having to spend so much time with her Nonna & generally...

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