Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On the Jellicoe Road: Book Review

I'll start off my book reviews with a truly amazing book that I read recently--On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Description: Taylor is the leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory 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.

Okay, first of all, pretty much everything Melina Marchetta writes is pure gold. So you can't go wrong reading a book by this wonderful Australian author. 

This book touched on so many different emotions, stories, and simply blew me away. The characters were all complex and engaging. Something that Melina Marchetta excels at is writing characters with connections to their family and friends that are so real and believable that you feel like you're reading about how you feel about the people you know and love. The storyline was compelling and kept me reading the whole way through without wanting to stop (I think I stayed up kind of late reading this one). 

Essentially, I cannot rave enough about this YA book. Get it. Read it. No matter who you are, I think you will like this book. I recommend.

Five Stars.

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