Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Saving Francesca, Finnikin of the Rock, Looking for Alibrandi
Received From: Bookstore
“What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
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’m usually very good about writing my reviews the day after I finish a book. I have been putting this review off for days! I just really don’t know what to say about it but I’m going to try my best to write a decent review.
Jellicoe Road starts of….I want to say slow but that’s not true. It starts off very fast and doesn’t wait for you to catch up. The first 100 pages or so I was like “Huh?” but then everything started coming together and I could not put it down after that. The book is about Taylor Markham. A girl in charge of her side of the territory wars and abandoned by her mother. She has to battle the Cadets and the Townies and take care of all the girls in her dorm. But who will take care of her?
This book was like nothing I have ever read before. Melina Marchetta’s writing is incredible. The plot unfolds beautifully. Melina weaves the past into the story right along side Taylor’s story. All the characters are expertly written. This book is intense, heartbreaking, beautiful and just…..wow! Those are the only words I have. Read this book! 5 Stars!