Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Josephine Alibrandi is beginning a new school year as the vice-captain of St Martha’s school in Sydney. She promises to be good but already gets in trouble on the first day. Josie introduces herself to the reader as an Italian living in Australia. She lives with her mother, who had her before she was married, doesn’t know her father, and has a close relationship with both her mother and nonna (grandmother). When Josie arrives home after school, her mother tells her that her father, Michael Andretti, is in town unexpectedly.
Josie introduces her friends: Sera, Anna and Lee, and her school enemy: Ivy Lloyd (Poison Ivy). Josie also participates in ‘Have a…show more content… Chapter 11
After apologising for the way she acted when her mother when her mother went on a date, Josie asks if she can go out with Jacob. Christina agrees, though has a conversation with Josie about how Jacob will be wanting to have sex with her.
Josie spends the afternoon with her grandmother, looking through old photo albums. Her nonna tells her stories of the difficulties of being new to Australia in the 1930s-40s and shows Josie pictures of Marcus Sandford, a policeman who was her first Australian friend. When nonna’s parents died in Italy, nonna broke down at the post office. Marcus was also there and comforted her. Josie reflects on how lonely it must have been for her nonna, especially not being able to speak English.
Jacob picks Josie up for her date, but he is dressed poorly and hardly speaks to her mother at all. Josie is furious with him. They argue instead of going to the movies, and Josie decides to walk home. On the way she is picked up by her father. They have dinner together, and Michael reveals that, even though he didn’t know that Josie had been born, he is not sure he would have come back for her if he had known. He then offers her work at his legal office.
Josie meets John Barton, who is depressed about his relationship with his father and the constant pressure on him to be the best at things he doesn’t really care about. Josie suggests they each write down their feelings on