Melina Marchetta is an Australian novelist and author of screenplays and short fiction. She was born on the 25th of March 1965 in Sydney, Australia. Her nationality is Australian but she comes from Italian descent. Melina is the middle child with two sisters. She attended Rosebank College but dropped out at 15 because she wasn’t academically confident. She enrolled in a business school and gained a business and technology degree. Melina Marchetta and Josephine Alibrandi are quite similar. They share a similar culture, ethnicity and school life in a way. They both attended a Catholic girl’s school and are both of Italian descent. The main difference is Josie finished high school. Melina’s culture and background would have influenced how she wrote the novel and the perspective of the main character. The main themes would have been based off the experiences the writer had experienced. They both very likely showed similar perspectives and issues throughout their teenage years. The main character of the book was most likely created from the author’s experiences in her life which is shown through their culture, background and the ethnicity the main character and author share.