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.
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
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?
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?