Before his death Marchetta dropped subtle hints of his outcome using the technique of foreshadowing. As Josie began to realize her ancestral ties, she accepted the fact that she was both an Italian and an Australian. She was constantly criticized for neither being a full bred Italian or Australian.
Josie is on scholarship at a prestigious Catholic school where it matters what her father does. Josie doesn't know who her father is as she lives with her mum, Christina, all she knows was that her mother had her against her fathers wishes when she was in her late teens. Josie and her mother's lives are interfered with by Nonna Katia, Christina's mother.
Click here to see the rest of this review Josie's father, Michael Andretti, comes back into Josie's life with no idea that he had a daughter. When he finds out he and Josie decide to have nothing to do with each other.
At school Josie hangs out with her misfit friends, Sera, Anna and Lee. She has a crush on the school caption of their brother school, John Barton. She also meets Jacob Coote, the school caption from the local state school, who asks her out.
Jacob and Josie seem completely wrong together but after a few disastrous dates they get together. While Josie is dating Jacob, John Barton starts having deep conversations with her about being depressed. One day, after getting into trouble at school for breaking a girl's nose, Josie needs to stop from getting sued so she calls Michael who is a barrister to get her out of the mess.
He succeeds and they decide to get to know each other better. One day, when Josie arrives at school she is met by the school caption, Ivy Lloyd, who is crying. She makes it through the funeral and exams with the help of Jacob, her mother, Nonna who Josie finds a huge secret about and Michael Andretti.“Looking for Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta provides useful and valuable insights into cultural misunderstandings between Australian and Italian families, relationships and prejudices particularly between Josie, her friends and family.
11 Things You Might Not Know About "Looking For Alibrandi" Jacob and Josie originally lived happily ever after in the book.
Jacob Coote speaks after Josie, and while she says she isn't she seems to be impressed by him. They talk afterwards, looking at Carly and John Barton having their photos taken.
A celebration lunch. Feb 19, · Plot: Josie and Anna is working at Mac Donald's and then Jacob and his gang walked in, after they left Greg (a long time bully of Josie) walked in with his gang and The cops happened to be in there at the same time too, Josie then said the price of the meal to Greg loud enough for the cops to hear and they weren't happy.
The use of ellipsis illustrates the tension between Jacob and Josie, but reveals that Josie does not change even though Jacob is pressuring her, this adds to the character of Josie and proves to the audience that she is strong and will stand up for herself.
So reads the character description from the original film script for Looking for Alibrandi. That description, printed on a small time-worn rectangle of paper, is kept tucked inside the wallet of Kick Gurry, the Melbourne-born actor who played Jacob Coote in the film version of the Melina Marchetta book.