Saving Francesca by Melina MarchettaMOST OF MY friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldnt allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didnt bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother, youll sense theres an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of the Limitation Placers in my life.
Francesca battles her mother, Mia, constantly over whats best for her. All Francesca wants is her old friends and her old school, but instead Mia sends her to St. Sebastians, an all-boys school that has just opened its doors to girls. Now Francescas surrounded by hundreds of boys, with only a few other girls for company. All of them weirdos or worse.
Then one day, Mia is too depressed to get out of bed. One day turns into months, and as her family begins to fall apart, Francesca realises that without her mothers high spirits, she hardly knows who she is. But she doesnt yet realise that shes more like Mia than she thinks. With a little unlikely help from St. Sebastians, she just might be able to save her family, her friends, and especially herself.
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As her family falls apart around her, Francesca falls in love with an unattainable boy, makes new friends, and learns to appreciate what truly makes her unique. The novel opens with the sorrowful line, "This morning, my mother didn't get out of bed" Page 1. Francesca Spinelli is used to her mother's ridiculous antics waking her up in the morning, used to her mother's controlling presence in her life, used to her mother's seemingly unattainable expectations for Francesca to live as an individual at all times. Now, her mother is like a ghost, completely bedridden and practically unresponsive to the world around her. Recently, Francesca's mother transferred Francesca from St. Stella Academy to St.
Normally, Francesca wakes to her mother blasting 70's and 80's retro music to motivate her children in the mornings, but today, something is amiss. Instead of ignoring her mother's annoying early-morning chatter, Francesca gets ready in eerie silence. She attends St. Sebastian School, which used to be an all-boys school until girls were recently allowed in. There are 30 girls to boys. Although it sounds like a dream to some teenage girls, Francesca assures readers that it's horrible. When her mother made the decision to switch Francesca's school from Stella's to St.
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In History class, Thomas Mackee spends the entire hour pouring over a music sheet he's trying to decode into tabular. Annoyed, Francesca grabs the sheet music and passes it to Justine Kalinsky, who deciphers it in less than ten minutes. He grunts his thanks. On the bus on the way home, Justine and Francesca sit together. When the bus next stops, Michaela and Natalia, two of Francesca's Stella friends, board the bus and come rushing toward her.