I'm trying to think of a single thing to say that will do this story justice, and I can't. I could say it's a coming of age story. I could say it's about what you find when all the extraneous trappings you've used to define yourself have been stripped away. I could say it's about finding your voice. About standing on your own. Saving Francesca says so much, says it subtly and with such honesty that it moved me to tears on more than one occasion. I can't say enough about Marchetta's ability to write authentic and poignantly teenage voices. And though Saving Francesca is by no means a book about depression, as someone who has lived with it on all sides (inside, outside, from a distance, on the fringes) I can say that aspect was handled with sensitivity and an accuracy that made my heart ache. I can't wait to read more from her.