Jellicoe Road

jellicoeJellicoe Road. Melina Marchetta. Young Adult. 290 pages. 2006. 5 stars. [Source: Bought]

“How can you just forget a person completely until the moment you see his face again?”

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.

The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca.

Let me start off by saying that this is the book that made me start reading. I saw a picture on Tumblr that quoted one of the cutest excerpts from this book.

After seeing that picture, I searched the living hell out of Google to find this book. I then bought its eBook version and immediately read it.

This book is the kind of book that does not focus on the romance and only features it from time to time. But when they do feature it.. Oh my god. You die from the cuteness. You die you die you die because it’s so perfect and it makes your chest hurt and you’re so happy and sad at the same time. Think of the romance in this book as the best side dish you can ever consume in your entire life. I found the romance to be that captivating.

The writing is very easy to absorb, though I found the plot difficult to digest since it does have a mystery factor. At the end of it all, it was amazing.

Another thing that I like about this book is that it is so quotable!

Never,’ he tells me in a tone full of ice, ‘underestimate who or what I care for.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“When it was over, she gathered him in her arms. And told him the terrible irony of her life.
That she had wanted to be dead all those years while her brother had been alive. That had been her sin.
And this was her penance.
Wanting to live when everyone else seemed dead.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“What do you want from me?” he asks.
What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him.
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

Highly recommend this book if you want mystery, romance, and coming of age all rolled into one glorious literary work. Jellicoe Road has been featured in my 10/10 book list and is in our Recommendations Page!

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