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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas Countdown Number 2 Francesca & Will

Number Two is Francesca Spinelli and Will Trombal from Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

One of my favourite books of all time. I adore Saving Francesca, there is so much going here I could write reams and reams. But we’re talking about couples.

Francesca and Will are so great together and if they’re not still together in The Piper’s Son I shall be devastated.

I loved everything about them. I love their initial sarky interactions, when Francesca corrects Will on who wrote Anna Karina, Tolstoy not Trotsky!

Their banter is perfect. As are their kissing scenes. As is the fact that Will goes off to “shake his foundations” at the end. I love when falling in love frees you to be who you want to be. When the other person doesn’t stifle you or hold you back, but allows you to fly. It’s such a great message, that loving someone shouldn’t diminish who you are.

This is Francesca and Will’s first kiss, which I love, it’s so real. Not at all perfect or romantic but the start of something wonderful.

Will Trombal sees me from the other side of the room and he grins and he makes a beeline for me and my mind is buzzing with the best opening. Hi. Hey. How’s it going? Great party. Love your shirt. Great music. Crap music. And he’s coming closer and closer and the way he’s looking at me makes me think that I’m going to have the most romantic night in the history of my life. I open my mouth to say something and he sticks his tongue down my throat. We’re in a corner, pashing, and I don’t even know what’s got me to this point. A look in a corridor? A flirt outside my nonna’s house? All I know is that no one exists around us. I don’t know whether we’re kissing for five minutes or five hours and my mouth feels bruised, but I can’t let go. Because it feels so good to be held…Will’s arms tremble as they hold me and his heart beats hard against me and I know that whatever I’m feeling is mutual. For a moment I taste the alcohol on his breath, and it brings me back to reality. “Do that sober and I’ll be impressed,” I say before walking away.

My favourite Francesca and Will scene is right at the end though. When Will tells her how he feels about her, but you’ll have to buy the book to read that.

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Genie of the Shell said…

My FAVORITE love scenes in books and movies are not the perfect, airbrushed, stuffily poetic sort. They are passionate, juicy, sloppy, funny, and real. I'm trying to write my own book with good (as in truly sexy and romantic) love scenes, so I just might have to check out this book. Thanks for the recommendation. πŸ™‚

Jemi Fraser said…

Love her last line – perfect πŸ™‚ You can tell she's not some wimpy female pushover! Love it!

Ashley said…

Oh, I love that book! I cry through the last 10 pages every time πŸ™‚

Ashley said…

Also, I had no idea she was continuing their story in an upcoming book, thanks for the info!!

auds07 said…

haha, I LOVE this couple too! My fave part (along with your quote) would be right after, when she says something like "don't think i'm gonna be staying up all night praying for you to ask me out" and then thats exactly what she does. I had to put the book down, too funny πŸ˜›
I cant wait for couple number 1! IF its taylor and griggs from jellicoe, i will love you forever? (sounds creepy…)

Alexa said…

Genie – I hope you do, it;s fabulous. Good luck with your own love scenes.

Jemi – Francesca is fantastic I love her.

Ashley – yay! A fellow fan. The last ten pages are amazing. I adore everything Will says to her and then the very end at school *cries* I don't actually know if Francesca and Will are in The Piper's Son. That's guessing on my part because it's Tom's story. The description does mention he's friends though, so I am assuming/hoping that F&W are in it and still together πŸ™‚

Auds07 – Oh yes I love that bit too. Sorry to disappoint but it's not Taylor and Griggs because I haven't read Jellicoe Road. I know!! I'm just a little scared to because I have such high expectations. But I WILL read it in 2010.

It's a good couple though πŸ™‚

Kirthi said…

Eek! You're right! They do make a perfect couple! Will, all serious, and Frankie all..not serious! Perfect pick!

Kelly said…

Great pick on the quote. Their banter and the tension between them is amazing.

And I didn't know there was going to be a sequel!!! Why, oh why, does it take so long to get the non-US releases in the US?!

Kelly from

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