Floating Upstream

Julia Marconi has a simple dream to get out of Goldburne, the stinking hot town in rural Australia, where she s followed the rules her whole life She dreams of adventures far away from her violent father whose only goal is to maintain his old world values in changing times Julia longs for true love rather than the match made for her years ago Super spunk Robbie VenturJulia Marconi has a simple dream to get out of Goldburne, the stinking hot town in rural Australia, where she s followed the rules her whole life She dreams of adventures far away from her violent father whose only goal is to maintain his old world values in changing times Julia longs for true love rather than the match made for her years ago Super spunk Robbie Ventura and the arrival of the Carnival add unseen complications to her life, just as she s ready to settle in and stay out of trouble It s all so tantalising Just a taste here and there won t hurt After all, she s an excellent liar So with her brother s motto, Don t get caught, stuck in her head, Julia tries to survive her senior year of high school All she has to do is spend the last year of the 70s with her head afloat, despite the currents dragging her away from her goals But the town of Goldburne and her father have eyes and ears everywhere, and her parents plans for Julia don t involve starting the new decade and new life in the city A secret that spans three generations and a war could mean Julia ends up like Maria Gervase knocked up and married by 18.
Floating Upstream Julia Marconi has a simple dream to get out of Goldburne the stinking hot town in rural Australia where she s followed the rules her whole life She dreams of adventures far away from her violent fat

  • Title: Floating Upstream
  • Author: Jo Vraca
  • ISBN: 9780994198426
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Floating Upstream”

    1. Where do I begin? Beautifully crafted story that follows Julia and her quest for independence in a stifling society. Like many young girls before me, I found myself identifying with Julia's thoughts and feelings, even if I haven't experienced the same situations as her. I think they're just a universal thing for young women, whether you were young in the 70's and 80's or, like me, the 80's and 90's. The language is fantastic, descriptors make it easy to picture the small slice of Julia's world t [...]

    2. I’m finding it really difficult to put into words all of the things this story made me feel. And there were so many mixed feelings that Floating Upstream managed to evoke from the whole emotional spectrum. I thought the writing was quite serene and tied in really well with the title and theme of the river and the water being the place where Julia took refuge. The plot is quite slow but I feel like this was almost a reflection of the small country town lifestyle. Vraca paints an incredibly vivi [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book so much, it was a very good read, well written with good descriptions. Particularly interesting was the narration which sometimes mixed a third person to first person story telling through Julia's thoughts. It is a beautiful and realistic story, with deep character development. Endearing characters whom I was eager to learn more about and to follow in their journey. Thank you Jo for your words. The break down in chapters was well done - and perfectly timed for my bus rides to [...]

    4. Coming of age genre really felt defined in this novel. Julia's life is already defined for her: arranged marriage, a family at eighteen, and absolutely no say whatsoever as to what she gets to do. With an abusive father, a compliant mother, and the draw of freedom with a boy she loves, her life just got a lot more difficult. I think it's the kind of trapped feeling that many people can identify with, and it plays a huge role in the narrative. All in all, this was a really sweet tale. Lots of pos [...]

    5. Seventeen year-old Julia Marconi, dreams of the day she can break free of her abusive father’s hold over her and away from her “big, fat drama-queen” mother.Her parents, traditional Italian migrants, have always dictated Julia’s life and her future, but Julia only wants to run away with her brother Joe’s long-time friend, Robbie Ventura, who she is desperately in love with, and away from her arranged marriage with the baker’s son.Read the rest of the review at Writerful Books

    6. I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but not so much the second half. It didn't end the way I wanted it to end. As a teacher, it bothered me that Julia could continue to be so badly abused, and the police never got involved. Her own teacher even comes to visit her, but nothing happens. I wanted so much better for Julia, and it was heart-wrenching to read.One part of the book that I did enjoy was the challenge of figurin [...]

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