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Looking for Alibrandi: Introduction
Looking for Alibrandi: Plot Summary
Looking for Alibrandi: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Looking for Alibrandi: Themes
Looking for Alibrandi: Quotes
Looking for Alibrandi: Characters
Looking for Alibrandi: Symbols
Looking for Alibrandi: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Melina Marchetta
Historical Context of Looking for Alibrandi
Other Books Related to Looking for Alibrandi
- Full Title: Looking for Alibrandi
- When Written: Marchetta wrote what would become the final version in 1990-1991, but she began writing it almost a decade earlier, when she was 17.
- Where Written: Australia
- When Published: 1992
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Novel, Bildungsroman
- Setting: The suburbs of Sydney, Australia, in the early 1990s
- Climax: John Barton commits suicide.
- Antagonist: Though Josie thinks Ivy is an antagonist for much of the novel, she eventually realizes that gossip and the pressure to conform are the real antagonists.
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Looking for Alibrandi
Happy Endings. Marchetta has said in interviews that in her imagination, Josie and Jacob end up together after the end of the novel.
Girl Power. The film adaptation of Looking for Alibrandi was released in theaters the same weekend as Gladiator—and when it came to the Australian awards season, it was up against the Eric Bana film Chopper in a number of categories. Because of the competition and because stories about teenage girls tends to be taken less seriously than stories about men, Marchetta didn’t expect Alibrandi to perform well. But much to her surprise, Looking for Alibrandi beat out Chopper in several categories, winning Australian Film Institute awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source.