My old school, St Stella's only goes to Year Ten and most of my friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldn't allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn't bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother you'll sense there's an irony there, based on the fact that she is Queen of Limitation Placers in my life.
Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boys' school that has just started accepting girls. She misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can barely move from her bed.
But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it's within her power to bring her family back together.
My Rating: 3/5
This is the second Melina Marchetta book I have read, the first being Looking for Alibrandi which I had to read at school nearly ten years ago.
I didn't like this book as much as I remember liking Looking for Alibrandi but I still enjoyed it. I finished it within 20 minutes.
Frankie was a likeable protagonist and had a strong voice. This was definitely a character driven book.