Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Favorites: Jellicoe Road (!!!)

On Fridays I post a little shout out to one of my favorite books and explain why I love it so much. It gives me the chance to fangirl over books I never reviewed on this blog and lets me post about some not necessarily YA books I love.

Which book?
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta

YA Contemporary

Summary? (From GoodReads)
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.

When did I first read it?
March 2010

Why did I first read it?
I think this was another recommendation off someone or other’s blog.

What did I think about it then?
I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t blown away. I liked the writing, but I was just so confused about what was going on that I was about to give up. BUT. Then I decided to keep reading, and about the time I hit chapter 6, I was a goner. I was irrevocably sucked into the story and invested in the characters. And really, how could I not love a book with JONAH GRIGGS in it? That boy is the epitome of YA swooniness.

What do I think about it now?
Um, how should I phrase this? . . . I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s hands down my favorite YA book. It’s just so perfect in every single possible way. Melina Marchetta is always a genius, but this one will always be my favorite of her books (I’m assuming—since I’m not psychic I can’t actually know for sure). I don’t even know how to adequately express my love for this book. I mean, did I mention it has JONAH GRIGGS in it? And Taylor’s not too shabby of a character herself. Just go read it—seriously though.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


  1. Not only one of my favourite YA books ever (quite possibly at the top of that list), but also one of my favourite books of any genre.
    It just everything - angst, romance, mystery, JONAH GRIGGS.
    Cannot wait for the film!

  2. Hi-new follower here.

    I have seen this book around and recommended for ages but have never really been swayed to pick it up because I don't really like the cover. However now I've actually read about it and it sounds like the kind of book I'd like. I need to see if I can scrounge up a copy.

  3. Yay! I thought you'd forgotten about this one. I'd say this is on par with how I feel about Jellicoe Roa. The only other contemporary book I would say made me feel the same way was Saving Francesca. I love that this book throws you in the deep end and doesn't give you all the clues right away. Makes reading so much more intruiging.

  4. Yay for Jonah! I think he is my favoritest YA guy. :) It's such a great book. I think I need to read it again soon.

  5. This is a great book. So it The Winter Sea.


  6. I love your review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day! =D


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