Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

(summary from author's website)

"What do you want from me?" he asks.
What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him.
Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.
But Taylor has other things on her mind: a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road. 

Review: Jellicoe Road is without a doubt my favorite book to date. Words can not adequately describe how I feel about this book. The plot was wonderful, the characters were amazing, and it took place in my favorite place. If you know me then you know I have a thing for Australia. Don't know why, I just do.

At first it was a little confusing and difficult to get into because of the separate story lines. But after the first couple of chapters it was easy to get fully absorbed in this book.

Overall, Jellicoe Road was an absolutely phenomenal novel that will be one of my favorites for a very long time, and if you haven't read it yet then you need to go to your nearest book store/library and get this book.

A note on the cover: I swear for about two months I thought the flower on the cover was actually a butterfly. 

1 comment:

TheBookGirl said...

What a lovely review :)
I definitely want to seek this one out sounds so unusual, and you clearly loved it!


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