On The Jellicoe Road

On The Jellicoe Road 3

by Melina Marchetta

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2010

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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 . . .
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Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most successful writers of young-adult fiction and is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages.

In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for On the Jellicoe Road, and Melina's screenplay for this book is currently set to be made into a major film with an international cast to be directed by Looking for Alibrandi director Kate Woods. Melina has written for ABC-TV's Dance Academy. Finnikin of the Rock, Book One of the Lumatere Chronicles,was first published in Australia in 2008, followed in 2010 by the companion novel to her award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and short-listed for many other literary awards in Australia and internationally.

Melina is also the author of The Gorgon in the Gully, which takes up the story of On the Jellicoe Road's Jonah Griggs's family, and stars his younger brother Danny in this story for younger readers. Book Two in the Lumatere Chronicles, Froi of the Exiles, was published in 2011, and Book Three, Quintana of Charyn, was published in 2012. 2012 also marked the twenty-year anniversary of Melina Marchetta's first novel Looking for Alibrandi, the much-loved Australian classic, which was made into a major motion picture and has sold more than half a million copies in Australia.

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  • My Favourite. Beyond Words.

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    Ahh, I just dont have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

    This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

    This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasnt ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

    Forget about the description, it doesnt prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I dont know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

    All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book. Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some. You should know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

    None of those things affected me though.

    I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate, I love. The angst doesn't bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

    The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

    The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed it. I dont like to think about if I hadn't of. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

    I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.

  • One of my all time favourites

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    Here's the truth about Australian authors whether you like it or not: in the world of young adult literature, they're the underdogs of the bunch. Sure, we have Markus Zusak, Tim Winton, C.J Duggan and other amazing Australian writers of all genres and styles, but they are often eclipsed by other authors that are more well-known in the international literary sphere. While I adore John Green as much as every other book blogger on tumblr, it's fairly easy to forget sometimes that he's not the only contemporary novelist who can write novels that cause readers to laugh, cry and fall in love all at once.

    To keep the story short, I first heard about Marchetta's work in high school when we had to read Looking for Alibrandi as a study piece for English. While I didn't hate the novel at the time, I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps it was because we were assigned to it at school. Or maybe it was because I was too young to connect myself to the themes of the novel that often escaped my interest. Either way, it didn't leave a lasting impression.

    Jellicoe Road was completely different to that experience.

    Without going into too much detail and giving away vital plot points, what struck me most about this novel was how easy it was to become immersed in it and stay up until the wee hours of the morning devouring each word until the end. Jellicoe Road mainly focuses on Taylor Markham- a girl who was abandoned by her mother at 7-Eleven and taken in by a woman named Hannah to a boarding school where 'territory wars' are held between the students residing there and others referred to as 'Cadets' and 'Townies'. Sounds simple enough, but as you read on you're introduced to more characters - Tate, Webb, Fitz, Jude, Narnie - that seemingly appear to have no connection to Taylor's storyline, but you become invested into them anyway because they're just so well characterised. This in itself is a testament to Marchetta's ability to construct characters and breathe life into them; when they laugh, you laugh and when they cry, you cry. And trust me. You'll cry. A lot. By the end of the novel, everything ties together and there isn't one character that wasn't left underdeveloped (although admittedly, I'm still holding out hope for a companion novel about Chaz and Raffaela).

    [I should also mention for the sake of romance that no review of Jellicoe Road is complete without Jonah Griggs. He's tough, he's no-nonsense and I can't say anything more without spoilers, but if I could have my pick of any male fictional character to make alive, it would be him. Sorry, Etienne St Claire!]

    Overall though, this is a novel that speaks volumes because it makes you feel every goddamn emotion that exists on the freaking galactic plane of the universe. There's nothing superficial about Jellicoe Road- nothing forced, nothing clich. Everything is real and raw and painful and terrifying.

    But that's what makes it so perfect.

    Read this book. I doubt you'll find a single soul who said they regretted it afterwards.