Book Review | On The Jellicoe Road

Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: YA Romance

Synopsis 

1162022Taylor is 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.

The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca.

On the Jellicoe Road was one of those books that was always on the periphery of my TBR pile so when I came across it in the library with nothing else to read, I decided to finally bite the bullet.

My expectation going into this book was that it would be one of those emotional and poetically seamless novels. Nope. At the beginning of the novel I found myself sort of adjusting to the idea that this was a simple novel about a small town with simple characters.

What makes On the Jellicoe Road a stand out from the typical sappy family drama novels is that it is written in this haunting way, there is always this underlying tragedy to every mundane event in the book. Marchetta creates this beautiful world that has memories ebbed into every nook, the characters and their lives are all inter-webbed and you’re almost willing to look past the probability of such coincidences and just enjoy the harmony.

Although I did feel like the characters in the book especially the protagonist served as merely observers to the recurring tragedy in this novel, the people in this book have a way of leaving a lasting impact on you. The characters are created in such a realistic manner that you’ll often find yourself wondering what Jonah Griggs is doing right now.

On The Jellicoe Road is one of those beautiful Australian classics that you know you’ll always want to come back to when in need for a place of comfort.

Rating

4

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