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Growing up is complex especially in a society with different cultural background This is the major issue the novel Looking for Alibrandi discusses A realistic view through the eyes of a seventeen-year old Italian girl Josephine is presented Josephines like many teenagers that have learned from their mistakes This is the long road that everybody meets while growing up Learning to become an adult has many different responsibilities and every teenager has to deal with these issues Once they pass a certain age different responsibilities have to be dealt with Taking care of yourself is necessary before you can begin to help others Most teenagers have to know what they want In reference to Looking for Alibrandi Josephine had trouble taking her responsibilities seriously Either being a school captain for example on school sports day Josephine was supposed to look after a group of students but instead went to the city with her friends Her goal in life was to become a lawyer and after getting a scholarship she tried everything to get good marks However she did not know how to be mature in front of adults She kept proving that she was immature by the way she acted with her parents Sister Gregory grandmother and her boyfriend By the end of the novel Josephine reflects on the way she has acted throughout the year and why she has acted that way The relationships within a family influence the way a young person grows up Children who grow up without either parent will lack part of their growing up For instance a male growing up without a father misses out on male companionship Without a mother he will lack a part of his caring side On the other hand a daughter growing up without her mother will miss the neutering and caring side basically a mothers love If she where to grow up without a father she would have a confusing
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