review · YA contermporary

JELLICOE ROAD by MELINA MARCHETTA

Kindle Edition, 437 pages Published April 6th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published 2006)

What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

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.

REVIEW

All of my Goodreads friends have given this book 5 bright red stars and i am sitting here wondering why i cant bring myself to do the same. Dont get me wrong i really liked this book, it’s just that there is this little voice in my head that keeps telling me that something is off. The characters were all very likeable, except perhaps the main one, Taylor, that could be a bit of pain sometimes.The whole boarding school was a bit strange too, it’s a state-owned type of  school where gifted “unwanted’ kids go to live until they graduate. Once a year the kids from this school, kids from town and the cadets go to war. Their goal is to take over as much land as they can, it is rather fascinating as an idea but in the book its wasnt explored at all. It was mention a lot but nothing really happened, which was disappointing. Taylor, the main character, is moody and has had a very troubled childhood, her mother was a junkie and abandoned her in a 7-eleven when she was 11 years old. And then we have the romance that was weird and uncomfortable and i didn’t much like, it wasnt bad but i could do without it. Now the best part of this book was the passages written in italics. That part was awesome. Full of darkness,sadness,love and so many tragic events. The mystery in this book is to find how these two stories fit with each other and when you find out it’s a nice little surprise. All in all i quite liked it.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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