By Melina Machetta
publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, 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 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 of 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.
Heartwarming, witty and sweet, that's the words I would use to describe this piece.
A very short book indeed only 243 pages, but Marchetta compelled me with her marvelous story. I have to give her cred for writing about depression, real depression, How Francesca's mums situation affects them all, It felt very realistic.
The only thing I missed in this book was character peculiarity. Francesca was well made as a character, and I would have wished that Marchetta put down more time on her other characters.