Maria Petranelli is Prepared for Anything (Except This): Winner of the Ampersand Prize by Elisa Chenoweth ISBN:9781761212451

Maria Petranelli is Prepared for Anything (Except This) by Elisa Chenoweth

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Looking for Alibrandi meets Arrested Development in this YA screwball comedy about a student exchange gone hilariously, criminally wrong.

Maria Petranelli will do anything to get away from her overbearing Italian-Australian family. She’s over their constant heckling about getting a boyfriend, their unspoken belief that she’s not normal, and their loudly spoken belief that she’s incapable of doing, well, anything. So when her family declares she ‘couldn’t handle living in Italy’, Maria immediately signs up to go there on student exchange. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything …

Despite months of mental preparation for every possible scenario, Maria is out of her depth in Italy. She struggles with the language, immediately gets scammed, and is bewildered by her growing attraction to Kennedy, the sweet-but-hopeless American exchange student who is determined to be her friend … if only Maria would let her.

When the two girls accidentally witness a crime, Maria discovers just what she can and can’t handle. Being kidnapped in the boot of a car and driven off into the Italian countryside? Maybe. But working out her feelings for Kennedy before it’s too late?

Maria Petranelli is prepared for anything … except this.


About the Author: Elisa Chenoweth is a high school teacher from Adelaide. She writes queer stories that are funny, uplifting, and reflective of the cultures she grew up with. Her debut novel Maria Petranelli is Prepared for Anything (Except This) won Hardie Grant’s Ampersand Prize and will publish in July 2024.

03 Jul 2024
 

Additional information

Format

Paperback / softback

Genre

Personal & social issues: sexuality & relationships (Children's / Teenage)

Readership Level

Teenage / Young Adult

ISBN

9781761212451

Publication Date

03 Jul 2024

Maria Petranelli is Prepared for Anything (Except This): Winner of the Ampersand Prize by Elisa Chenoweth ISBN 9781761212451

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