Natalya Byrne- Journal 1

 

Josephine Alibrandi is an Italian girl that attends a Caucasian dominated school. She feels that she doesn’t fit in as well as the other girls at St. Martha’s. Josie and her mother live alone in an apartment complex. Josephine mother had her at a young age of 17. Although Josie is defensive and fiercely protective of her mother she is constantly concerned and anxious about the ridicule and gossip that could travel around the Italian community. Along with Josephine ethnicity and parental technicalities Josie earned herself a position at St. Martha’s through a scholarship.

Josie sees herself as a middle class person in an upper class circle. She doesn’t refer to herself as an ethnic or wog but rather a European or of Italian descent. Josephine doesn’t find herself attractive due to her curly hair and glasses. Some of Josephine’s big hang-ups is her ‘arch enemy’ poison ivy, Josephine is constantly competing with her for top spot. Josie is also very focused on the approval of others such as the Italians and nuns at her school. Another hang-up that Josie makes clear is her dad, although not obvious or vocal about it the way that she is so closed off and resentful to the idea of her father adds to the confusion of Josie’s life.

I empathize with Josie because of her self-confusion, she seems really confused with who she wants others to identify her as and even how she wants to identify herself.

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Maggie Thomas – Journal 1

Josephine Alibrandi, is a seventeen year old girl who goes to a snobby, Australian private school. Josie is an Italian, her family migrated to Australia for better opportunities and a better life. She feels out of place in her community, she was raised by only her mother with no father involved in her upbringing, and she doesn’t have the privileges or the money which the other teens have. Josephine comes across as a very intelligent young women who is learning more about herself and the life she lives every day. She regularly mentions how beautiful her mother and Nonna are, however always adding that she never got the same genes and doesn’t have the same beautiful look. Josie feels lots of pressure in her life, especially at school where she has to maintain her high marks in order to keep her scholarship. Her sometimes rude, but witty comments can come across to her peers as both immature and intelligent at the same time, letting everyone know about her strong voice of opinion.

Piper McLeod – Journal 2

Character Quotation
Her mother “My mother and I have a pretty good relationship, if a bit erratic”

 

 

Her father

 

 

“Firstly, my name is Josephine. Only people close to me call me Josie.”
Nonna

 

 

“It’s not the youth of today, Nonna.”
Jacob Coote

 

 

“He cracked two eggs on my glasses once”
Poison Ivy

 

 

“That’s where the problem lies between myself and our school captain, Ivy Lloyd, who we call Poison Ivy.”
John Barton

 

 

“School captain of St Anthony’s. Son of a member of parliament. Greatest debater that ever lived. Good looking. Popular”

Pascale Healy- Journal 2

Character Quotation
Her mother “My mother and I have a pretty good relationship, if a bit erratic.” p.5

 

 

Her father

 

 

“He had a sense of strength about him…He looked like an intellectual and so sure of himself.” p.38-39
Nonna

 

 

“My grandmother’s meddling could put Mother Theresa in a bad mood.”p.12
Jacob Coote

 

 

“Because boys like Jacob Coote, who would easily be the most popular guy in his school, didn’t ask girls like me to dance” p.54
Poison Ivy

 

 

“We hate each other’s guts…She’s a bore though. She’s obsessed with school-work…” p.21
John Barton

 

 

“School captain of St Anthony’s. Son of a member of parliament. Greatest debater who ever lived. Good-looking. Popular.” p.41

 

 

 

 

Piper McLeod – Journal 1

Journal blogging – Looking for Alibrandi

Josephine is a 17 year old young Italian lady living in Australia. When we first started reading ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ my first impression of Josie was that she a sweet, smart girl. Josie portrays herself as a strong willed young women. She seems like she is very family centered and a very loving person. Josephine doesn’t live with her father, Michael Andretti and did not grow up with him, which make the connection with her mother a lot stronger. Josephine sees herself as a smart ‘wog’ girl. She does not see herself as normal and but rather as a part of the lower class. Others see Josie as a strong willed individual who is not afraid to speak up. Others also see Josie as an unattractive lower class girl who is very family orientated. Josephine’s grandmother, Nonna plays a very big part off Josie’s life. Most afternoons after school Josie would go over to her Nonna and spend time with her. Josephine’s Mother, Christina is the most important person in Josie’s life. Although they may has disagreements here and there, they always make up. I feel empathy towards Josephine because it must have been hard for her not growing up with father in her life. I also feel sorry for Josephine because her Nonna tries to change the way she approaches certain things. Because Josie has been accepted into the school on a scholarship and for Josie that means she approaches her work very seriously. The nuns at Josie’s school are very strict and do not particularly like Josephine.

 

 

Madeleine Fee- Journal 2

Character Quotation
Her mother  

“My mother and I have a pretty good relationship, if a bit erratic. One minute we love each other to bits and spend hours in deep and meaningful conversation and next minute we’ll be screeching at each other about the most ridiculous thing,”p.5.

 

Her father

 

 

“She slept with the boy next door,”p.7.
Nonna

 

 

“Because of the way Nonna makes my mother feel, I hate making that women happy,” p.114
Jacob Coote

 

 

“I know it sounds suss, but he is really nice. He’s very deep when he wants to be.” p.110
Poison Ivy

 

 

No matter how much I hate Poison Ivy, I want to belong to her and her world.” p.32
John Barton

 

 

“Not that he’s a ‘pretty boy’ or even bursting with sex-appeal, come to think about it. It’s the honesty and realness about him that I love.” p.42

Gabby Jeffs- Journal 2

Character Quotation
Her mother “My mother and I have a pretty good relationship, if a bit erratic. One minute we love each other to bits and spend hours in deep and meaningful and next minute well be screeching at each other”. pg5

 

 

Her father

 

 

“As far as the world is concerned, Michael Andretti is just the guy next door”. pg15
Nonna

 

 

“I’m not sure if anyone has ever died of the fact that their granddaughter looks untidy, but I’m sure my grandmother will one day because she’ll strain her voice so much she’ll choke”. pg34
Jacob Coote

 

 

“I would have never thought that Jacob Coote would be passionate like that”. pg30

“He cracked two eggs on my glasses once”.  pg32

Poison Ivy

 

 

“She’s one of those girls with perfect white skin and not one split end in her strawberry blonde hair”.  pg7
John Barton

 

 

“School captain of St Anthony’s. Son of a member of parliament. Greatest debater who ever lived. Good looking. Popular. Tell me, what more could I want out of life”. pg 41