92 – Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

This book was recommended by a girl in my book club.  I tend to have the same taste in books as her, and it was available as an audiobook at my library, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Here’s the Goodreads summary:

“Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, 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 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 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 loved this book! As someone who used to work with teenagers, this is such an accurate portrayal of teenage girls and how they think and feel, and anyone who does currently work with teenagers should read this book.

Francesca is such a great character! I could so easily relate to her. There were so many times while I was in high school where I felt like it didn’t even matter if I was around or not. The more I read of this, the more I loved Francesca.

All of the supporting characters were great additions to the story as well. Will, as a male lead, was adorable. I loved how tongue-tied he’d get.

This was a truly lovely book and gets my recommendation and 5 stars on Goodreads.

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