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.
©2003 Melina Marchetta; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"A rich exploration of maturation, identity, family, and friendship." (The Bulletin)
A great and emotionally driven story. The narrator did a great job and I fell into the story and listened to the entire book in one day.
"An all-time favorite story, writer, and narrator."
The only book that competes with this one is its sequel, The Piper's Son. A true masterpiece, as with all Marchetta's works.
Loved it! couldn't put it down. really relatible characters. I adored Francesca and her group of friends.
The emotional and authentic story of a teen girl dealing with her mother's depression - and her own issues - with lovely narration by Macauley.
One of my favorites. Great narrator, and a story that I thought I would like, but ended up loving.
I really liked a lot of the secondary characters. Tara, Justine, Jimmy, Tom.
"Best Book I've "Read" All Year"
What a fabulous and well-written story! I have discovered a wonderful new YA author.
Not just for teens, this story is funny, poignant and speaks deeply about the struggle of growing up with a depressed parent. I loved the true-to-life evocation of the teens, and the story-telling voice was spot-on. For anyone 13 and up, I would say.
(Great narrator, too!)
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