Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta

Where I got it: ebook from library
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (I like it a lot.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 26, 2008
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 432 p.
Add it: Goodreads

Taylor was abandoned on Jellicoe Road by her mother. All she has in Hannah, a woman who has been taking care of her while she stays at a school there. Taylor wants to know where her mother is though and what made her give up on her daughter.

This book is super confusing at first. You dive right into it and there are changing story lines and hostilities and lots of other things that are just a bit much for your brain to work out at first. I wasn't even positive that Taylor was a girl for the first third of the book. Once you sort things out though you can't stop reading.

This was a beautiful and lovely book. There is just so much feeling and meaning behind everything that happens. My heart sat like a rock in my chest just waiting for something to happen. I didn't think anything bad could happen if a book started with so much death, but I knew better.

Melina Marchetta wrote a heartbreaking novel. It's just written in a way that allows you to really get to know the characters and fall in love with them. I loved the little bits from Hannah's story woven in. We get to see little bits and pieces of these characters while trying to push Taylor forward in life. This book was fun and shocking and just all the good bits.

I can't believe it has taken me so long to read this. So many people told me about how amazing it was and I didn't want to read it and have it be less than that. I was not disappointed. If you are one of those people who have been meaning to read this but haven't yet, set some time aside and devour this one. You may want to read it again right after you finish so you can see things again with all your new information. This is 100% worth the read.

First Lines:
"My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted."

Favorite Lines:
"And then he told me to close my eyes. And I think I've been frightened to do just that ever since."

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