Friday, July 8, 2016

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Summary on Goodreads.

"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 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 of 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 really liked it. The only thing I didn't like was the mystery surrounding Francesca's mother condition. Coming from a family where we have open communication, I didn't get why they couldn't just straight tell a 16 year old that her mother was suffering of depression. I didn't get the "I don't want medication" thing either. But I guess some American people are like that.

Other than the above, I loved Francesca and her relationship with everybody.

I had read about Marchetta's great writing style and I agree, it is indeed great; and she knows how to portrait teens. Obviously I now have to read her other books.

I completely get how and why Francesca's mom condition was unbalancing Francesca's life. I didn't get the way adults approached it, though... all very secret and like waiting for things to fix themselves.

But I so enjoyed this book!