Friday, March 25, 2011

The Friday 56: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Theme: Realistic Contemporary Fiction (March 23-30, 2011)

Today's Book of the Day is:


Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's 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, along, 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.

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The Friday 56
is hosted by Freda's Voice

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.
On Page 56 of Saving Francesca:
"But my family is split into three, and no one is in their place."

And that's it!

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Thanks for reading, and have a great day!



  1. Sounds good. Leaves me with some questions, but I'll let the book answer them.

    Thanks for participating!

  2. Nice Friday 56! I'm your newest follower! I can't wait to read your review of Across the Universe. I just bought that one but haven't read it yet. Have a great day!

  3. I loved saving Francesca I'm about to start the follow up book The Pipers Son.