"Saving Francesca" is the story of sixteen-year-old Francesca Spinelli's coming-of-age during a time when her mother, previously the rock of her life, is bedridden with depression.
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.
By facing difficult situations and learning to trust herself, Francesca transforms herself over the year that is covered in this story.
Francesca Spinelli is an Italian girl who lives in a suburb of Sydney Australia with her 10 year old brother Luca, her father, Rob and her mother, Mia.
Mia also does everything for the family including driving, organizing their schedules, shopping, cooking and helping with homework.
She is a force in FrancescaÃÂs life and the reason that she is at a new school.
I feel like shit.” ― “It's a weird smile, but it reaches his eyes and I bottle it. 'No sex for you.' He used the Soup Nazi's accent from Seinfeld.” ― “He takes out a cigarette and offers one to me.
"Oh God, some guy's using that line on you, isn't he? "We make weird friends," I say instead."I've never been into the f-word with people.""I'm privileged, then? "He thinks for a moment and shrugs again."You're the realest person I've ever known.""Is that good or bad? There's not much room for bullshit, and you know how I thrive on it."We laugh for a moment and begin walking again.” ― “I miss the Stella girls telling me what I am. It tricks you into believing that you've forgotten important moments, and then when you're raking your brain for a bit of information that might make sense of something else, it taps you on the head and says, "Remember when you told me to put that memory in the green rubbish bin? ''And another one who's making cups of tea for everyone, and keeping the boy who's telling Luca fart jokes away from the girl who says he's "the last bastion of patriarchal poor taste".''Justine, Thomas and Tara.'And the drug fiend, Jimmy, is keeping Mia calm and the Trombal boy's rung about ten times.
Jimmy approaches us and takes the shopping bags from me, looking inside them."Lamb roast. ” ― “For a moment I can't help thinking how decent he is - that there's some hope for him beyond the obnoxious image he displays. I stand there, rehearsing it in my mind."Oh my God," he says, "did you see that girl's tits? He won't ask a thousand questions or ask me to apologize. "Just tell me where you are.” ― “Where did this come from? Luca is going to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night and squirt it on his tongue. And I want to stay on that couch for the rest of my life.” ― “And secondly, losing your virginity doesn't make you a slut.
Maybe deep down he is a sensitive guy, who sees us as real people with real issues. "Maybe not today.” ― “Have you ever seen The Last of the Mohicans?