Looking for Alibrandi

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Josie Alibrandi goes "looking" for herself she discovers she needs to create herself.

In the novel "looking for Alibrandi, written by Melina Marchetta," there are many different situations and feelings that Josephine Alibrandi goes through, in order to figure out who she really is as a person. Josie also has to deal with the normal up and down roller coaster ride of being a teenage girl. At the end of her journey she has very different views on certain topics to the original thoughts that she had at the beginning. Josephine has to cope with different aspects of peer pressure, religion, sexuality, illegitimacy but also family relationships and secrets and death. She finds out a lot more about herself and her family and friends than she already knew, maybe even too much to handle at times. Josephine realizes that she doesn't really know who she is and that she now has to create herself. The hardest thing for Josie is going to be figuring out how she is going to create herself, with aspects of every thing that is going on in her life.

On Josie's path to finding herself she discovered her hatred for her father was mostly due to the fact of how he left and treated her mother Christina. After officially meeting her father, Michael Andretti for the first time she realized she felt very different towards him. By Josie hearing her father's point of view of his and Christina's relationship, she lost a lot of anger and therefore was able to forgive him. "I walked past my class mates with Michael Andretti beside me and for a few minutes I knew how it felt walking alongside one's father. It was a great feeling." This quote from the book helps us to understand that Josie realized she had a lot in common with him, they got along really well and she liked having him around not only as a father figure but as well as a friend.

"You were married. You slept with Marcus Sandford while you were a married woman." This is a quote from Josie when she and her nonna...
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