Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is one hard book to review, folks. I read it for the first time a couple of years ago and just recently read it again because I couldn’t quite help myself. I’m happy to say that absolutely nothing was lost in the reread. The emotional intensity and deeply felt sense of loss remained the same despite the fact that I know how the story weaves itself together.

I know a lot of people who haven’t read the book get frustrated because all the reviews they read are so vague and mysterious. All I have to say to that is: Welcome to Jellicoe Road. The mystery that unfolds inside this story is incredibly deep and personal.

I don’t really even know how to write a review without being ridiculously intense about the whole thing. I also feel like I should dig out a thesaurus so I don’t throw around the words “intense,” “powerful” and “emotional” too often. Because let me tell you, the book is all of those things.

When you start reading the stories of the present day Taylor Markham along with the mysterious past narrations woven together by five friends – you’ll start out confused. Then, around half-way you’ll think “oh, I’ve got this figured out.” And sure, some of the pieces are easy to connect. But don’t think that doesn’t mean the story is without twists and turns – because you’re wrong. Also, don’t think that knowing how some of the pieces fit mean you won’t feel anything when the book finally brings them together. Because you’ll be wrong then too. No matter what you think you know, I can promise you at some point you will be affected. Heart broken. Mind blown.

Also, no matter how many times it gets said, it deserves to be said again: Jonah Griggs is pretty much a god. He does have imperfections which are nicely highlighted, but it just makes him seem more real. Even though I normally scoff when high school aged relationships get too intense, I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that this is an exception.

I would give a lot to see a sequel with these characters, but their story has been told. I don’t feel that there were any loose ends or pieces left unfinished. Darn shame. After creating these beautiful characters for us, the least Melina Marchetta could have done was give us a little more time with them.

This book is definitely an experience y’all, and I could probably go on about it forever. If you haven’t read it – make time to do so. Feel free to thank me afterwards!

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  • Chachic November 16, 2011, 12:08 am

    I agree, would love to read more about the Jellicoe characters but their story has been told. Melina Marchetta could do what she did with Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son though – write a companion novel about one of the secondary characters in Jellicoe.
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  • Ashley @ Book Labyrinth November 16, 2011, 12:11 am

    Love this review; I totally agree! It’s so hard to talk about how amazing this book is, but it completely is. I want to re-read it so badly!
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  • Ashley B November 16, 2011, 1:15 am

    I shall come back a little later to write a more coherent comment, but all I have to say is-


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  • Brandy November 16, 2011, 3:10 pm

    YES! YES! YES!

    Although I do have to say as wonderful as Jonah is (and he is pretty darn wonderful, it was Chaz Santangelo who I fell in love with when I read this and that love has only increased with each rereading. I could very much get behind Marchetta writing a book about HIM.
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  • Ashley B November 17, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Pretty sure I still just want to (*^^%^%*(&)* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D at you… BUT.

    Yay! 😀 I’m so glad you reviewed this one (I’m still too chicken :P) and that you love it! Seriously. This is probably my most favorite book of all time and I love this review! I just nodded along a lot and am SO glad to hear that it held up to a reread! I desperately want to reread this soon, but I’m absolutely terrified also. (What if?!?!) You have given me hope! 😀
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  • Loraine September 11, 2012, 3:52 am

    I love your review! Here’s mine if you don’t mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day! =D


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