Looking for Alibrandi (novel)

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Looking for Alibrandi
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Author Melina Marchetta
Cover artist Marina Messiha
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Young adult novel, bildungsroman
Publisher Penguin Australia/Orchard Books
Publication date
October 1992
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 260 pp
ISBN 0-531-30142-7
OCLC 39508243
LC Class PZ7.M32855 Lo 1999
Followed by Saving Francesca, 2003

Looking for Alibrandi is the debut novel of Australian author Melina Marchetta, published in 1992. A film adaptation was made in 2000.


The novel follows its protagonist, Josie, the Australian Italian daughter of Italian immigrant parents. Alibrandi lives in Sydney and attends a Catholic high school–where she is disillusioned with the cliques and social politics of her snobby peers. Her usually sophisticated, sassy demeanour is challenged when she is overcome with the pressures of her senior year of high school: the suicide of a male friend, and meeting her estranged father who is in Sydney on a business trip. She confides in a young man with a bad reputation, who slowly turns into a romantic interest for Josie. This relationship, mirrored by the tumultuous relationship with her father, forms the centre complications of the novel as Josie tries to navigate through the complexities and hurdles she faces as a young adult.


Film adaptation[edit]

Looking for Alibrandi (2000) starred Pia Miranda as Josephine Alibrandi, Anthony LaPaglia as her father, Michael Andretti, and Kick Gurry as her boyfriend, Jacob Coote. Melina Marchetta wrote the screenplay.[1]