Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review-Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Published: September 2008
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 419
Source: Library
Series: Standalone book
Rating from A+ to F: A+


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. 

I thought Jellicoe Road was an AMAZING read! The beginning was kind of confusing, but about 100 pages in, believe me it is worth it to keep reading. Melina Marchetta is a wonderful writer and I absolutely loved this book; it is probably one of my favorites now. The writing is beautiful and the characters are great. Especially Jonah. What a cutie! 
This tells the story of Taylor, whose mother abandoned her and her father is gone. She lives with Hannah, who found her the day her mother abandoned her. Hannah writes a manuscript, which Taylor secretly reads, about five children who were gathered together one day and stayed that way for many years after. But, Taylor is suddenly elected leader of the boarders at her boarding school, and she soon meets a familiar person, Jonah Griggs, the leader of the cadets. Jonah and Taylor are forced to work together and compromise with each other, along with the leader of the Townies. When Taylor learns new and surprising things about her life, she feels drawn to finding out the real truth in her life and finding her abandoning mother.

This book is fantastic and I recommend this to all young adult readers, and even adults! This was AMAZING and you won't regret reading it!

1. Plot-20 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 14 out of 15 points.
3. Writing-20 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity-15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points.
7 Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 99! 97-100 is an A+

Mild/Excessive Cursing
Mild/Excessive Sexual Content- It is probably in the middle of Mild and Excessive.
Drug/Alcohol Use
Recommended for ages 14 and older. 

1 comment:

  1. Jonah really is the best. I had a hard time with this at first but was so glad I stuck with it. It's one of my all time favs.


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