What really does the word LOVE man? You can only answer that question by your judgement. Lots of people all over the world believe that love is necessary component in a person’s journey. We need someone through out our life to make us happy when we are feeling down and to make us feel like we belong to someone or somewhere. To care and share memories together. From the day when you first stepped into the world you already began your journey spending it with your family and friends. You would experience great memories and sometimes bad, but in the end it’s worthwhile.
Josie is searching to discover the true nature of her family history. Her search for her own cultural identity is coupled with her struggle as a poor student among many wealthy ones. As being an Australian born Italian girl, Josie faces strong difficulties standing between these two cultures. At beginning, Josie views her family as something which stops her being herself. However late on in the story, Josie’s friend John Barton’s death makes Josie realize that although she is poor, she is free to choose the sort of life she wants. John’s life, however, was controlled by his family and suicide seems to be the only way out for him. Josie’s discovery helps her to realize that her culture makes up her own identity that she cannot cut herself from it.
Besides that, Josephine’s changing perspective of her father, Michael Andretti. At first, Josie resent him because she feels that Michael abandoned her mother while she was pregnant. Josie forced herself to be strong and independent so she would never rely on him. However when Josie gets into a fight at school with a girl, Michael comes to her rescue and this is when Josie’s perspective starts to change. Their relationship continues to grow stronger throughout the novel where Josephine has finally come to realize the importance of having a father and what a stable father figure really means to her.