Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.I’ve been hearing extraordinary things about this book for years, but it was just one that I kind of just put off and never got around to reading. So when I was presented with the opportunity to receive a copy, I jumped on it. After the first few chapters, I was disappointed. I was so unbelievably confused that I just didn’t want to continue reading. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I was going to keep reading.
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.
But luckily, I did.
Once you get past the initial confusion and discover what is going on and what the strange paragraphs in italics are, the story takes off. I was so engrossed in the territory wars, Taylor’s strange history with the stony cadet Jonah and a manuscript that unravels a past so close to Taylor’s heart. And what I loved the most is that all of these different things that seem to be happening at different paces blend together so wonderfully and strong at the end.
Melina Marchetta is a gorgeous writer and an absolute genius. She used her talents to weave the brilliance that is Jellicoe Road, powerful and beautiful and a book that has definitely succeeded to leave its mark on me. I definitely recommend this book. It’ll be one you either absolutely love or one you won’t grasp, but it’s one that you need to read anyway.
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