Release Date: August 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins | HarperTeen
Pages: 419 pages
Pages: 419 pages
Source & Format: Bought; Kindle ebook
Summary (from Amazon)
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.
Thoughts on Jellicoe Road
For the first 80 or so pages, I was so confused. I’d heard about the amazingness that was Melina Marchetta, but I just wasn’t seeing it. What did everyone else see that I was missing?
Honestly, I considered putting it down and trying it again later. And then Carla told me via Twitter that I needed to stick it out because it was a giant puzzle of Amazing.
And she was right.
When the pieces finally started falling in to place, I saw the light. UM HOLY COW JELLICOE ROAD IS PHENOMENAL.
I never could have thought of this book, but Melina worked it. The story is incredible, the romance is so beyond swoony.... It’s painful but hopeful. It’s heartbreaking but lovely. It’s confusing but makes perfect sense.
I can’t even find the words to talk about how much I loved Jellicoe Road. Can you call yourself a fangirl when you’ve only read one book by someone? Because this book will make you all that and more.
This has been one of my most recommended books in 2012, but I always preface it by telling people that you just have to make it to past the beginning. I will definitely be re-reading this soon – so that I can truly appreciate the beginning and so that I can savor it all over again.
I was invested in this book, and the payout was totally worth the investment. This review doesn’t do it justice. JUST READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW.
"These people have history and I crave history. I crave someone knowing me so well that they can tell what I’m thinking."
"And if I could bottle the look on his face, I’d keep it by my bedside for the rest of my life."