Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

As I've said on twitter, I live for literature like Jellicoe Road!


Jellicoe Road is a story of 17-year-old Taylor Lily Markham who goes to a boarding school in Jellicoe. As the seniors of their school graduates, she was suddenly chosen as the next leader of all the six Houses within their school.

Being the new leader, she now has to follow through traditions. Every year, a territorial war among the Townies and Cadets occurs.

With her best friends Raffaela and Ben(also a leader of one of the six Houses), she faces every negotiation the three camps should resolve.

As the story builds up, she discovers one by one this big past that affects everyone especially herself. Why did her mother left her at 7/11 on Jellicoe Road? Why Jonah Griggs backed out on her 3 years ago when they had the chance? Her true feelings for the new leader of the Cadets. Who really is Hannah(the lady who picked her up from 7/11)? And what are these manuscripts Hannah wrote? Is it real and what is its relevance to everything? Last but not the least, who started this tradition of territorial wars?


You probably now have an inkling as to where the story will lead you to, with my incessant questioning I doubt you don't.

One thing that will really capture you when reading this book is the warmth of friendship it tries to convey. It is so real to the point that you wish it were true or that you are one of the characters. I love the plot, the storyline, it's all amazing. Original. I have never really encountered something like Jellicoe Road in terms of structure. The structure of this one is flawless. Everything and everyone, they're all connected.

It makes me wish I live in a small town that has a road that's similar to Jellicoe. All the memories and friendship are its very treasure. Friends are the people you can always count on when you doubt yourself and a place where everyone's somehow connected is heaven.


Allison | September 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Jellicoe Road is definitely original and captivating! These characters are not ones you can forget once you've read the story.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Rachel | September 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

This is one of my favorite books, glad you enjoyed it as well!

Sarah Laurence | September 11, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Glad to hear you liked this book too. The friendships were indeed fabulous.

Katelyn | September 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I am so happy you loved this book as well! Jellicoe Road is such a beautiful story. And yes, I also wish I was a character in it!

Jessie | September 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM

this is such a good book! It touches almost everyone who reads it :) and I love Griggs. He's my ultimate book crush :D nice review! I am glad you enjoyed it so much

Becky | September 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM

I loved this book too! thanks for stopping by our blog. I think what made it so rich for me was the separation of the teen world and the adult, and how they were woven together at the end. It was also very dark but realistically so. Great review!

Sandy | September 12, 2012 at 2:57 AM

You're right. The story was excellent, even if I couldn't get into it like most people could. Nice review. :D

Maria Behar | September 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Hi, Loraine!

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog! Just to be clear, though, I was not the author of the review of JELLICOE ROAD. The review was written by a guest blogger -- Jessie @ Ageless Pages Reviews.

I'm so glad you've enjoyed this book! With all the great reviews I've seen, I'll have to buy this book and read it soon!

Karen @ Book Light Graveyard | September 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

This one is my favorite YA book--I just love that Jonah Griggs! And like you said, the friendships are fantastic in this one!

Miss Bookgineer | September 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

have you tried other Marchetta books? I love all of them! :)

Loraine | September 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

To Allson: Thanks Allison and I totally agree with you! I will never forget Jonah Griggs, I mean Taylor Markham. ;p

To Rachel: Thanks Rachel, it's now one of my favorite books too!!!!!!!! =)

To Sarah: The friendships indeed are! Thank you for dropping by. :)

To Katelyn: Hehehe, Thanks for dropping by Katelyn! If ever, I'd want to be Ben's girlfriend ;p

To Jessie: Yes! Jonah Griggs is a very good example of what a fictional boyfriend should be. Thanks for Dropping by Jessie =)

To Becky: Wow Becky, couldn't agree with you more! The transition between innocence and maturity were indeed exemplary. Thanks for dropping by! :)

To Sandy: Thanks for dropping by Sandy! And yes, it can be quite a drag on the beginning. But I still loved it. Thanks again. Have a nice day!

To Maria: Go Maria! Go read it already! Hehehe. Thanks for dropping by. Jessie's review was awesome too. :)

To Karen: Yes, indeed! They're the kind of friends you wish you have in real life. Thanks for dropping by Karen! =)

To Miss Bookgineer: Nope, not yet! But I plan to. This is my first Marchetta. Which one do you recommend?

Joie | September 18, 2012 at 5:43 AM

Great review! I also wished I could live in a place like Jellicoe Road and form the amazing friendships the characters had in the book!

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