TITLE: Jellicoe Road
BY: Melina Marchetta
GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Fiction
PUBLICATION: April 6th 2010 (1st published – 2006 as On the Jellicoe Road)
First of all I wanna thank Holly from NutfreeNerd.com, that I found this book.
This book is brilliant. And I don’t know how to give a teaser summary without spoiling anything but I’ll try to base on the synopsis on Goodreads. To make it short and simple, this is a story of Taylor Markham, a 17-year old senior student in a boarding school near Jellicoe Road who was abandoned by her mother when she was 11. Another one-sentence summary: This is a story of a girl so broken, that all she knows about herself is fragments. The pieces, some are not clear, some a little odd or unnatural that it seems that they’re not connected at all.
Also this one is told in two perspectives: present and past, making it even more confusing. At least at first. I’m not gonna even suggest that you guys read this. YOUR CHOICE. Why? because even I who loves mysteries ever since I was a young girl got confused and almost give this one up. The first half of the book seemed to be really confusing and boring, though I somehow figured it out even before I reached 50%. But if you ever pick this one up and find yourself bored and confused as hell, DON’T GIVE UP.
It’s amazing how the author successfully weaved all the pieces together until they become one. Taylor’s mother dumping her, a woman named Hannah keeping her from then on and now left her too without even saying goodbye, the five mysterious teenagers who once lived on the Jellicoe Road even before Taylor was born, the boy who visits in her dream to listen to her stories, the Hermit who whispered something in her before killing himself, the Brigadier who everytime in town, some people are missing and even the territory wars between Taylor’s school partakes in. The connection between all these is superb. It was so well-written that it’s like every piece of the story is a puzzle piece and one you got the hints, and then solve them as a whole eventually, it was glorious. Also haunting and heartbreaking. And did I mention, it’s brilliant?
The author even handled the characters so well, the emotions this book left me are just TOO MUCH.
And this is only possible if I get connected with the characters I feel them. Some might say that this story isn’t just about Taylor and they’re maybe right. You see there’s Hannah and the Brigadier. There’s the five teenagers who once lived on Jellicoe road years ago who call themselves the fucked-up Five. There’s the townies and the Cadets who are the other participants in the aforementioned territory wars which seemed childish, by the way, but really it is a part of the mystery. Anyway, there’s also Raffy and Chaz. There’s Ben and Jessa.
And there’s Jonah Griggs, the boy who Taylor knows as the one who betrayed her. But then she has no choice but to face him. I love the chemistry between all the characters but Jonah and Taylor’s exceeds my love to other YA couples. And Jonah just added to my list of book boyfriends. And Taylor, my heart bled for her.
Darn it, my heart bled even for those five mysterious teenagers. This is really such an emotional but satisfying story that I know will stay in my heart forever. This one actually just made it to the books I’ll reread forever. No kidding. Because you see no matter how emotional I get by reading this, it’s all in a good way. It’s worth it. It didn’t leave me unsatisfied, but actually hopeful.
WARNING: this book contains some issues that others may find as triggers, so beware. But hey, you guys know how I’m dealing with depression now, still I read this book, I handled it well and loved it. Like I said, it left me hopeful. So high-five to that.
Have a great day/night,