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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 ›
The book began in a very confusing way. There was no introduction to the character. It went from a italicized prologue to a 22 years later heading and then straight into the narration of Taylor Markham. Her voice was not different from the italicized sections, so at first I thought my Kindle bugged out and I wasn’t reading the beginning because I was so confused. Who is narrating? Is this not the same person? Where are we? What is happening? What war? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?! Why am I supposed to care? What is important? WTF?!
I felt like that for about 30% of the book, which is quite a large section to be confused and irritated. I knew from other reviews that the book would pick up soon and make sense, but I promised myself I would not rate it 5 stars even if I loved it because I wouldn’t forget how irritated the beginning was. Yes, now that I’m done it makes sense. Yes, it was a good story. Yes, I even cried. But the execution of Jellicoe Road was horrible and it’s not okay. I don’t forgive the author for the beginning. It should have done what beginnings of stories are supposed to do and explain, build, and draw me in. Not confuse the hell out of everyone. It’s not brilliant that it all “comes to together in the end” and makes sense. It’s crap.
I loved the actual plot. I eventually enjoyed Taylor’s narration, even if I never quite connected with her. I still don’t feel like I knew her at all, but at least the pieces of her life were put together. I loved the end result of Jellicoe Road. It could have been an unforgettable and amazing story.Read more ›
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Why did I wait so long to read this book?! On the Jellicoe Road is absorbing, emotional, and thrilling. There's mysteries, and questions abound (both for the MC and the reader). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Beth Wade
This story has a slow and confusing start and it took awhile to pull me in. I actually put it away, not intending to finish, if it weren't for a lack of something else to read I... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Molly
A stunningly beautiful story that i will never forget. The beginning is a bit confusing but once you figure out what's happening, you realize how incredibly genius the structure of... Read morePublished 17 days ago by db
If Deb Caletti decided to write a Lord of the Flies/Wuthering Heights mashup, it would look a lot like Marchetta's Jellicoe Road, a beautifully-written, tonally confused work that... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jennifer Grey
The first 100 or so pages of this book are confusing as hell. Don't stop reading, because it's meant to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Arkin
Just finished this yesterday and I loved it! Very intriguing storyline and character development. At first it was a little confusing because it shifts between two different time... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Sullivan
Best book ever!!! It is my new favorite book. I could not put it down!! It is a must read!!!!Published 1 month ago by Irina Woomer
I didn't expect to love this book as intensely as I did. As I do. None of my real-life friends had read it before, it was relatively old (sorry, I'm a millennial, everything... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Reads Books