From the beginning of the year, and perhaps before then, Josie thinks of her culture as something that will hold her back from being what she wants to be, and doing what she wants to do.
She also sees it as the thing that keeps her from being like the others at her school.
At Christina's birthday party Josie realises that it was impossible for Francesco to be Christina's father, because he was away for the holidays.
Josie then has an argument with Katia about this, and runs out of the house. It was like he was a myth I could always dream about. Her reality was living with a man who detested her for something her mother did." (pg218).
Josie understands the pain Katia went through, and knows that Katia loves her, and Christina, more than anything else.
Josie has always seen her Italian culture and heritage as a burden, but as the year progresses, she gains a greater understanding of it, and ultimately accepts that it's part in her life.She knows that some people will never accept her, and she's okay with that."I didn't care what they thought and I even began to doubt that anyone, give or take a few gossips like Sera, gave a damn either.Somehow we've developed a great relationship." (pg156).I love him double to what I did maybe a month ago, yet I see his faults now too." (pg259)."I'm not quite sure why I hate Marcus Sandford and Nonna for what they did. After realising that she was no longer angry at Katia, Josie goes to talk to her, and appreciates that staying with Francesco, instead of going with Marcus, was only for Christina's benefit, not her own."Those years without Christina or you when you were a baby were my punishment." (pg226).She gains an understanding that her culture is just one of Australia's many."Well, I'm not sure whether everyone in this country will ever understand multiculturalism and that saddens me, because it's as much a part of Australian life as football and meat pies." (pg258).After a fight with Carly Bishop, resulting in a broken nose, Josie decided to call him. Six months ago I hadn't met my father and I didn't want to.As much as Josie would like to keep on ignoring him, she needs his help. These days I see him three times a week and the days I don't see him he rings me.