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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This Could be Your Story

Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta, was one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. It is witty but still serious and tells the story of depression without being boring. This book is easy to relate to and there ar...
Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta, was one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. It is witty but still serious and tells the story of depression without being boring. This book is easy to relate to and there are surprises around every corner. Francesca has just left her all-girls¿ school, St. Stella¿s, to attend a boys¿ school, St. Sebastian¿s, that has just opened its doors to girls for the first time. She loses touch with old St. Stella¿s friends, who now attend a different school, and has trouble making new ones. Just when Francesca is getting used to her new school, she finds out that her mother is in the middle of a crisis and can barely get out of bed. Francesca lives in denial and does not tell anyone about her mother¿s condition. Follow Francesca through the good times with her old and new friends and the bad times at home where she wonders how long she can continue to cope. Will her mother ever recover? Will Francesca¿s life ever be ¿normal¿ again? What will happen when she finds out the shocking piece of news that caused her mother¿s breakdown? Did her mother¿s breakdown have anything to do with Francesca? When things get really bad for Francesca, she decides to run away. In returning home, she demonstrates the courage that is necessary to face her fears. Francesca also shows us the value of friendship. Changing schools is a turning point for Francesca because she can recreate herself with her new friends. She branches out more and makes connections that help her survive. When she finds herself faced with the responsibility of taking care of her mother, Francesca also learns what it means to truly love someone and to have that love tested. People of all ages will benefit from reading this book. Francesca teaches us that depression can affect anyone, and that life can change without warning. The story also give us hope in dealing with depression. Francesca¿s story is a story that needs to be told. The author accomplishes this while captivating and entertaining her readers. This book is truly amazing and I give it the highest rating of five stars.

posted by Anonymous on September 10, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Depression

Francesca¿s mother, Mia, is suffering from debilitating depression and Francesca doesn¿t know what to do. She is shocked and angry when she learns the events that led up to the depression. She lashes out at her dad and tells him her mother will get better if he he¿d onl...
Francesca¿s mother, Mia, is suffering from debilitating depression and Francesca doesn¿t know what to do. She is shocked and angry when she learns the events that led up to the depression. She lashes out at her dad and tells him her mother will get better if he he¿d only let her mother vent. He tells her that he¿s respecting her privacy. She tells him he hiding because he¿s a coward. He decides to take Francesca¿s advice and listens as his wife opens up about her sadness.

posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2008

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    This should be required reading for parents of teenage girls. T

    This should be required reading for parents of teenage girls. The author really does a great job of showing the angst that is the teenage girl's life at 16. It's written honestly without being over-the-top like many other YA novels. It's also a window into the lives of a family dealing with depression and how it can affect each member of a family so profoundly.

    The author evokes emotion well and the cast of characters is fleshed out well. I really ached for this girl.

    Super read. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    Good book!

    I thought the book was very good and relatable to a teenagers life as well! (:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Saving Francesca

    Melina Marchetta brought out real problems in her book, Saving Francesca. Marchetta used realistic dialog that fit in with the teenaged theme of the book. In this book, Marchetta uses realistic situations to draw out the issue of depression. The book begins at the point in time that Francesca¿s mother stops getting out of bed. Though confused, Francesca is also happy that her mother is not lecturing her. Francesca is a high school student at St. Sebastian¿s. St. Sebastian¿s was an all boy school the year before so more than 50% is boys. Francesca hates going to St. Sebastian¿s but ends up making new friends, and one more more-than-just-a-friend friend. Francesca begins doing anything she can to help her mother with her depression. But, when Francesca uncovers the reason for her mother¿s sudden depression she becomes furious at her father and runs away. When she is brought back she realizes her father¿s strength and his love for her and who her true friends are. Saving Francesca is a great novel that brings out the very common problems of being a teenager and the less common problem of depression. By using realistic dialogue and situations Marchetta has created a convincing and realistic novel that you won¿t be able to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    great book

    I loved this book. I just finished it today and it was awsome. Some parts weren't that great but others were. At first I thought it was going to be like zoey 101 becuase of the girls going to an all boys school, but it wasn't really. this book was an overal good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    Great start and middle, bad ending

    i really liked the book, especially the parts with thomas and jimmy, they made me laugh, i also like the family parts. i think that it was good cos it had he right mixture of school/family/friends/romance. the ending could have been better but, hey it could have been worse.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    okay/recommended

    It was a good book.I just read a bad book and this book got me reading again.It does leave a few blanks but it's great.Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    omg this is my fave book

    i loved this book and i could read this book over and over, but there was one thing wrong with it. The ending wasnt very good. i felt like there was more that could have happened. they didnt say that her mom was completely healed.....the auther didnt really tell wat ended up completely happening between francesca and will.......are tara and thomas going to get together?......wat about justine and francois?.......and last, wut about siobhan, is she going to fix her problem and find the right guy. i think that there would be a really good sequel to this book and i would totally buy it the day it came out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Great

    I loved this book. I could not put it down. Francesca was wonderful and amazing. any girl that has lost her way even a little should read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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