Monday, March 28, 2011

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages:419.
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.

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.
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.

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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9 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more about the beginning of the book. Most books I give a 30 page margin to hook me. This one, I have had to warn readers that they definitely need to give at least a 100 page margin. Readers have a terrible time starting this one, but the ones that finish it love it. I absolutely love this book and it is one of the most memorable books I have read in the last several years. I get warm fuzzy feelings just remembering reading it and may even add it to my comfort reads. It is a superb book and definitely not one you want to give up on. Wonderful review! Thank you for reminding me why I love this book! :)

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  2. Jellicoe Road was amazing! I'm glad you liked it. It was kind of confusing until the third chapter or so, though.

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  3. I also put off reading this one for the longest time, even though I'd heard all those great reviews. Luckily I finally checked it from the library and I'm so glad I did! It's an incredible book, one of those rare ones that stay with you for a long, long time.

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  4. I get confused easily BUT I am going to have to give this book a try. I have heard 3 times this week how wonderful of an author Melina is. Great reaview, the book sounds wonderful!
    -Katelyn

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  5. Wonderful review! I read this book last year and I really loved it. One of the best YA novels out there :)

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  6. Oh my gosh....I had heard great things about this one too and then when I started it I was so confused I put it aside and moved on. Guess I should give it another try!!

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  7. This is one of my favorite books ever! I'm so happy you stuck with it!

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  8. I love your review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/09/jellicoe-road-by-melina-marchetta.html

    Thanks and have a nice day! =D

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