Discuss: Far from bring a book only about girls, Looking for Alibrandy is relevant for all adolescents, regardless of gender.

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Looking for Alibrandy

The issues raised in the novel 'Looking for Alibrandy' are relevant for all adolescents, regardless of gender. Josie, John and Jacob are all in their final year of school and each of them experiences the highs and lows most adolescents go through. However, because we view the action through the eyes of 17-year-old Josie the book may be more easily identifiable for girls than boys.

The search for identity is one of the main themes in 'Looking for Alibrandy.' Josie, John and Jacob are all trying to find out who exactly they are and where they belong.

Josie has a lot to deal with in her life, the fact that she has an Italian background makes her feel as if she doesn't belong in Australia and that people judge her as an ethnic before they even get to know her. Josie is confident but confused and feels isolated.

Josie's relationship wither her Mother, Nona, Michael, her school friends, Jacob and John all have great effect on her developing her search for identity.

John is captain of St Anthony's. Josie and others made out John to be a happy spirited person who could never possibly have any faults in his life. But on the inside, John Barton is frustrated, depressed and scared that his life is being planned out for him. John has a lot of pressure during his last school year, the pressure to succeed and to always be a winner, in reward he would feel the love and acceptance of his father. John hated his life and decided to end it by suicide, he had no sense of identity.

Jacob attends a public school he is intelligent, laidback and lives in Redfern with his father. After meeting Josie and spending time with her he became...