Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Book Recommendation: Saving Francesca
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta isn't new or trendy or anything, but hey, why should new books get all the attention? This is sort of a quiet novel, about a teen girl trying to deal with her mother's depression on top of all the regular high school stuff, but it completely blew me away. It felt very real, and was touching and meaningful without being sentimental or trite. It revolves around a family that isn't perfect but loves each other, which is something I'd like to see more of in YA, and it has my favorite type of YA romance as well. The setting, among Australian families of Italian descent, also adds an interesting element we don't see frequently. It's serious but not sad. I haven't read any of Marchetta's other books yet, but friends assure me that they're all great, so I look forward to giving them a try.