Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road

5 stars


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Synopsis from Goodreads:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

My Non-Spoiler Thoughts

Phenomenal, is one word I would use to describe this story. It’s almost like two tales in one. I don’t know why it took me so long to read it. Taylor has such a dark past full of many things a kid should never have to witness and now her past is coming back. It all starts when Jonah Griggs comes to town and Hannah disappears. Taylor starts a journey she had once failed to do before but is committed to finally finding her mother.

What I liked

This story has such a great twist to it. Also, all the details that were silent foreshadowing the ending were great two. I really enjoyed the characters and Jonah as well (most especially).

This book is so deep and touches on so many dark things yet, it left me happy in the end when I had thought I would end in tears. It is a sad book but it is also very heart-warming.

What I didn’t like

Nothing, that’s what I didn’t like. I had liked everything from the way it was written (i.e. the plot and the setting) to the story that was told. Nothing was at fault.

I completely, and wholeheartedly recommend you pick this book up. You will not regret it, unless you hate sad books then you might a little.

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