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Friday 27 February 2009

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Synopsis:- Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.But Taylor has other things on her mind; a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road. 

Review:- I just loved this book! It's got to be one of my favorite books of all time! It is very deep in meaning but it was so wonderfully told. At the start of the book it maybe confusing as there are two stories being told simultaneously and no connection can be seen apart from the location...Jellicoe Road. Then as Taylor starts piecing things together for herself the readers start seeing the connection between the past and the present story and it's got a lot more than just the location. The two stories eventually interweaves together and once you realize the connection the story becomes more intense, hence the reason as to why I think it's definitely a must to re-read, this time knowing all the information from the beginning.

I'm so impressed with Melina Marchetta, it was a hard story to read so I can imagine that it'd be a harder story to tell and yet she managed to do it perfectly. The combination of the two stories were placed together just at the right moments, just giving you enough clues to keep you going. It's definitely a book that gets you thinking, similar to that of a puzzle. I even had written on an envelope which I also used as my bookmark writing down the names of the characters in the stories and trying to figure out who was who and how they are connected to each other.

This is actually written for Young Adult and yet I feel that this book is so deep that I wonder if many teens would actually have the patience to persevere with the story and figure out what's happening. However, for a 26 year old adult it really did a piece on me and it's definitely a story that I will remember. 



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