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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning Australian author Melina Marchetta has created a strong and sassy role model in Josephine, whom girls with growing pains on both sides of the Pacific will love. Josephine Alibrandi is 17 and in her final year of school. Dealing with her mum and the ways of her Nonna are daunting enough as she prepares for her exams. But Josie is about to discover real life gets in the way of her carefully-made plans. She suddenly has to deal with having her father around for the first time in her life, falling in love, and uncovering her family's secret background. Despite all the turmoil, this is the year Josie discovers that emancipation doesn't mean escaping from your past. Sometimes you need to face up to who you are in order to set yourself free.
©1992 Melina Marchetta; (P)1998 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Books Australia and Beyond Miall and Kershaw Films Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"In articulate, passionate prose, Marchetta weaves the intricate web of Josephine's relationships, juxtaposing her revelations about her family history against current crises." (Publishers Weekly)
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By stanley on 05-27-11

An old favourite

I bought this audio book years ago – back when it was still available on tape – and it has become one of my favourites since. I’ve actually listened to it so often that the tapes stretched and I had to re-buy it on audible.
This is a nice coming of age novel, covering all the basis: romance – I’ve harboured a crush on Jacob Coote since my first listening –, the search for social and cultural acceptance and new family relationships and skeletons. Though Josie’s self-righteousness can become a tad irritating on occasion, on the whole she’s a very likable character.
Marcella Russo does an excellent job of narrating the story.

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By Doha on 02-23-16

Interesting Concept .. Pointless story

The beginning of the story got me hooked and I was really glad because I wanted a contemporary book about teenage girls problem .. but as I reached the half it lost me .. and it kept losing me until the end .. the story was so pointless and didn't make any sense to me, there are some good quotes I can take from it but as far as the plot goes .. let's just say it wasn't my cup of tea

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By Amazon Customer on 08-14-17

Wonderful story!

The story is very entertaining and quite nostalgic for 90s kids. But the reciter isn't quite so good at changing voices from different characters so sometimes you're left wondering who said which line.

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