This weeks Friday Flashback has become a modern day Aussie classic in a very short period of time. It won the CBCA award for older readers back in 1993. And it was made into a movie in 2000 with Melina Marchetta writing the screen play.
It was via this movie starring Pia Miranda, Kick Gurry, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Newton and Anthony LaPaglia that I first came across this book.
I was already in my thirties and hadn’t read any teen literature for a decade or so. But the movie looked like fun, so I watched it during the summer holidays.
It was so delightful, so heart-breaking, so heart-warming and so full of Sydney that I was won over from the start. The next day I went to my local bookshop and purchased a copy of the book.
The book and movie are a little different, but with Marchetta at the helm for both, the heart and soul of the story remains the same. And the heart and soul of this book is Josie Alibrandi.
This is her coming of age story. This is her family, her friends and her Sydney.