Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta




Title: Jellicoe Road 
Author: Melina Marchetta 
Publisher: Penguin 
Publication Date: August 28th, 2006
Genre: Contemporary 
Page Count: 290 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"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 terriotry 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. 

My Thoughts:

When I was fourteen I read this book for the first time. I loved it so much I wrote my first review, which was pretty rough. I posted the review on Goodreads and I thought it would be super funny to put on here. 
"I  can honestly say that this is my favorite book. Where should I start.... okay. The cover. I love the cover. This book was really different from any other book I have ever read. When I started reading it, I didn't think I would like it. But, the idea of this whole war between the townies, cadets, and the boarding school was so unique. This is probably what made it my favorite. This book made me laugh and cry. There was also the story inside the story that kept me reading. Overall, an amazing book. I recommend it to everyone." 
But yeah, this is a great summary of my thoughts.This book has been my favorite book (besides Harry Potter) since I read it. Every single character has their own story but when they are smooched together they become even better. Taylor and Griggs have each had a really hard time growing up but they find each other and life is worth living again. When they see each other again after a few years they have to enlist the help of their friends to try to win the territory wars. Speaking of the territory wars, that is freaking awesome. The Cadets, Townies, and Jellicoe School must engage in different activities in order to win more territory in the town of Jellicoe. It takes leadership and the participation from everyone in order to win. SO GOOD.

I loved Taylor. She has been through so much crap but she is still strong. She does not take anyone's crap and usually stays under the radar. When she is given the role of the leader of the Jellicoe School for the territory wars she must step up and learn to trust. With the help of her friends, she learns to negotiate with the Cadets and Townies.

Also, Griggs. I love Griggs almost as much as I love Harry Potter. He is quiet and mysterious but once you get to know him and his story, you understand why he is the way he is. Taylor and Griggs work perfectly together and its amazing. End of story.

Overall, this book is amazing. Read it so you can understand what I mean. Please.

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Paper Towns by John Green
2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
3. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Favorite Quotation: "You just have to belong. Long to be"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

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