Saving Francesca is a compelling perspective on high school, family, and the difficult territory between childhood and adulthood. Francesca has a powerful voice and Marchetta uses smart humor and quick-witted banter to explore how society encourages the repression of female emotion in high school and beyond. The story is slow to build, with many characters and subplots, but they all steer back to Francesca and her journey to break down the boxes of expectation that she has put herself in, and her process of accepting her mother’s depression for the complex illness that it is. Marchetta uses first person present tense to draw the reader into the narrative, and give voice to Francesca’s stream-of-consciousness thoughts and reactions as she comes to the realization that no one is going to save her from her own unhappiness except herself. Saving Francesca is a beautifully written, complex novel with a highly satisfying emotional arc.
Cover Comments: I'm not a huge fan of the American cover. I think it needs some updating.
Book borrowed from my library.