At the surface, Saving Francesca
may seem like a simple coming-of-age story, but it's Marchetta's ability to write honest narration and really bring her characters to life that makes this different from other YA novels. She's definitely becoming one of my favorite YA authors.
It is at times laugh-out-loud funny, emotional and a bit heart-breaking, and it is easy to sympathize with the characters and relate to them. They are not overly exaggerated caricatures but appear genuine, and the ending left me satisfied without having an overly cliche ending or anything extreme happen. Some authors they think need one or the other to write a good ending, but Marchetta has a good balance.
Fantastic read. 4.5 out of 5 stars.