Growing up is hard. In Looking for Alibrandi, 17-year-old Josephine Alibrandi struggles to accept her culture, abandonment by her father and her social displacement at a wealthy girls’ high school. In her final year she begins to accept herself for who she is. In letting go of rigid expectations, Josie learns that the best things in life can come from the most unlikely places. She deals with loss, first love and the realisation of the sacrifices her mother has made to give her a better life. Josie’s stubborn, outspoken nature gets her into trouble, but she begins to manage it in her search to do the right thing.