Release date: April 9, 2010Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Personal Collection
In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future. (Summary from Goodreads)
Fictitious Delicious Rating: 5+
Yeah. I'd really just like to copy the review that Amy did for this book into my review because it contains everything I wish I was eloquent enough to say. But rules are rules. I read Jellicoe Road as a part of the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader and he insists that I write my own review with my own words. GEEZ.
This book had been on my radar for a long, long, LONG time. Mostly because Amy told me to read it. "I must warn you, Grasshopper," she said. "Don't give up on this book. It may be confusing to the fluff in your head at first, but just go with it and, most importantly, keep reading!" To which I replied, "PFFT! I'm a very smart girl, Amy. This book will not confuse ME. Here, have some magical smart beans!" (said the college dropout to the one who has a Masters degree in Library Information Systems.)
This book IS confusing to begin with. I know you, too, are super smart and not easily confused but you're supposed to be. The magic lies in the way the seemingly unrelated story lines in this gem of a book weave together during the second half. I think I've actually done myself a disservice by not reading this immediately after finishing it for the first time. You should carve out enough time in your reading schedule for just that.
Lest you're not convinced that you should read this book, I'd like to give you a little warning. If you don't read this book, you will begin dreaming about it. You'll dream that the dreamy love/anti-love interest is a jolly fellow dressed in red leading a rough & tough gang fighting for the west side of the town they love. (I'd like to confirm that Jonah Griggs is NOT Santa Claus, but there ARE gangs in this story. Just not as tough as you'll dream.) Why not head off such miserable dreams right now and pick up JELLICOE ROAD today.
As an extra special treat, I'd recommend listening to this story on audiobook. The narrator is Australian and really adds authenticity to the voice of Taylor Markham.
Thank you Amy. And Denise. And half of Twitter for insisting that I read this book. It now sits high on my list of all time favorites. Just like you said it would. You guys are SO SMART! :)