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Jellicoe Road Paperback – March 9, 2010
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My main issue with the book, then, was all the secrets. Why not level with Taylor about her family? Why keep the kid in the dark about who her father is and how he died, who her aunt is, just exactly what her mother is up to, and who the Brigadier is? She was obviously tormented by the mystery, but instead of telling her, her beloved Hannah just disappears, nary a word. Her mother had also abandoned her, and no one tells her anything. These adults, who we are to believe love her and each other so much, lie to her for years through omission despite her burning need to know, so deep that she ran away to try to get some answers when she was 14. None were forthcoming. Do people really treat children they love this way? And to what end? She knows that everyone around her has more information than she does, and they just dole it out in little dribbles, surely a technique that it meant to serve the plot more than it is to serve as realistic character development.Read more ›
She does find comfort, though, in a manuscript that Hannah has written about a group of five friends who met in the worst circumstances, but developed a remarkable friendship when they only had each other. When Hannah just up and leaves, Taylor doesn't understand what has happened and she becomes a wreck. Not only does she have to deal with Hannah's disappearance, but she has just been named the head of her House and the leader of the school kids in the annual territory wars against the "Townies" and "Cadets."
In the war, the three groups battle and negotiate, following an extensive set of rules that might as well be history. As the war wages on, Taylor learns to take an active role in her community, as well as develop relationships that she never thought possible. Especially with Jonah Griggs, the leader of the Cadets, whom she already has quite a history with.
This war will be like no other. It will not only be between the normal three parties, but among friends, hearts desires, and, most of all, Taylor herself.
From the title I was expecting a light and fun read. Wow, was I wrong! This book is filled with heartbreak, joy, laughter, and sorrow. It completely blew me away and surpassed every expectation I had, even though I was expecting something completely different.Read more ›
I'm so glad I did continue and gave JELLICOE ROAD another chance. I've read so many YA books, and I've never been one for having favorite anythings, but this novel is seriously close to topping the charts of all books that I've read. The beginning is slow-moving and it does not make much sense, but as the story continues, the magic happens. I learned more about Taylor Markham's life, the mysteries wrapped around her, and the "wars" she participated in. I don't want to say much about the plot because I'd hate to ruin the magic of the story, but this book was extraordinary and so much more than I expected it to be. I'd highly recommend it.
HIGHLIGHTS: Weaving the stories from the past into Hannah's manuscript, I loved learning everything with Taylor. There was always more to keep me curious, keep me turning the pages. I also loved the "wars", because they were so entertaining at times. Jonah's backstory was a blow to me, and I wasn't expecting what he says to Taylor about the day at the train station. It was an interesting shock, and I'm rarely surprised when reading.
LOWLIGHTS: It was incredibly hard to get into at first, but as I got to chapter 3, or 4, I was was hooked. I didn't want it to end.
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Jellicoe Road is another winner from Marchetta! What a gorgeously written, emotionally exhausting, brilliantly constructed and effortlessly executed piece of art this book is! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
Amazing! This story was told in such a way that had me peeling through chapters just to understand what exactly was going on. Read morePublished 23 days ago by MichelleMyBelle
This is a YA classic (or if it's not, it should be). A unique fever dream of a book that's nothing like you expect but perfect in every way. I really don't know how to describe it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by LaurenM
Throughout the book Melina Marchetta keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. The characters backstories were my favorite and all just made me want to read more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best young adult books I have ever read. The first few chapters seemed confusing at first, but powered through and the reward is utterly worth it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trosado
Taylor Markham's mother dropped her off at a 7-11 on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven years old and left her there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stacy Renee
I thought I had experienced the brilliance of Melina Marchetta's writing when I read Saving Francesca, a stellar novel that reduced me to an aching mess. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eri @ Airy Reads
As I rarely read Australian authors, I was expecting somewhat of a departure from the "stock" Young Adult lit books out there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by April1x