Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the Jellicoe RoadOn the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read that was recommended to me by Goodreads based on other books I've read. I have to say, Goodreads, I am impressed.

I struggled in the beginning to understand the dynamics of the school kids, the townies and the cadets. I was confused and it took a while to make sense. But I persevered and was the reward was so worth it!

On the Jellicoe Road is the story of Taylor, a teenaged girl who was abandoned at a 7/11 by her mother when she was 11. Taylor was taken in by Hannah, a mysterious woman who lives next to a boarding school in the bush. The book begins when Taylor starts year 12 at Jellicoe School and Hannah goes missing. Through this book, we unravel the mystery of Taylor, Hannah and the origins of the war between the kids of Jellicoe School, the townies and the cadets.

This is the best book I have read for quite some time. It is intriguing, compelling, compassionate, and profound. It is about relationships, loss, friendships, love and family. I just can't praise this book highly enough.

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