Review – Looking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi is probably one of the biggest Young Adult books in Australia, aside from of course the imports. I remember the first time I read this book I was deeply affected by it. I was quite young, had lived a fairly sheltered existence in a happy little Mountains town, and reading this book really opened my eyes up to the world of high school and multiculturalism.

Josie is a seventeen year old Italian girl embarking on the dreaded HSC year. She lives with her single mother who was a teen mother, she’s never met her father and her grandmother drives her crazy, and that’s all before she even gets to school!

Throughout the course of the book, Josie goes through a series of personal revelations and learns a great deal about herself, her heritage, and how she fits into the community. She finds Jacob (my first ever heart throb!) who likes everything about her, and John, who she’s been smitten with for years.

I love the honesty in this book. It’s so real with no pretenses, and explores prejudices and learning that sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.

4/5 stars for Alibrandi, a must read if you get the chance.

P.S The movie is kind of good, but doesn’t stay as true to the book as I wanted. The cast is great, and if you haven’t read the book it would be great. But, like always, the book is better!


Katie Teller

Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, is now available. You can find out more about Katie and Kiya, on twitterfacebook or at her own blog.


  1. I love this book! I’m like you and first read it when I was young. I could relate to Josie a lot because I also have an Italian background. I re-read this in one sitting about a year ago. I couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely a must read for Aussie teens.



  2. I’ve just finished reading Saving Francisca last week and really enjoyed it though I still like Alibrandi more, it’s not far off 🙂

    I still have to watch the movie!



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