Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Summary:  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. 

My Review:   This book is now added to my favorites. I borrowed it from the library, but I'm guessing that I'll buy a copy at some point to re-read as it was so wonderful. It was one of those books that pulls you right in and manages to capture your imagination and heart within a page or two.

I loved the characters in this story and how everything fell into place between the supposed story-within-the-story and what was going on with Taylor's life. And I really loved the journey with Taylor, a character that in some ways wears her heart on her sleeve and in other ways is just so terrified and closed off.

I enjoyed her relationship with Jonah and the territory wars. I enjoyed learning of not only their origins but how the way they began and that what it was meant to do seems to be what Taylor and the other characters seemed to accomplish.

Highly addictive read. I didn't want to go back to work or sleep, I just wanted to keep reading.

Definitely recommend and plan to add to my permanent library.

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