September 02, 2012

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Review

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta
Published on August 26th 2006
HarperCollins, 418 pages
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My father took one hundred and thirty two minutes to die.

I counted.

It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of kilometres away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, “What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?” and my father said, “Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,” and that was the last thing he ever said.
We heard her almost straight away. In the other car, wedged into ours so deep that you couldn’t tell where one began and the other ended. She told us her name was Tate and then she squeezed through the glass and the steel and climbed over her own dead – just to be with Webb and me; to give us her hand so we could clutch it with all our might. And then a kid called Fitz came riding by on a stolen bike and saved our lives. 

Someone asked us later, “Didn’t you wonder why no one came across you sooner?”

Did I wonder?
When you see your parents zipped up in black body bags on the Jellicoe Road like they’re some kind of garbage, don’t you know?

‘Wonder dies.’

-Goodreads.com description 

Jellicoe Road was an Oh My God read. Now I understand all the blurb about it. I do.

Ok, I must admit at the beginning I didn't understand anything. It was so confusing. I thought it was because I wasn't an English native, but it wasn't the case. The book was just confusing at the beginning, period. So if you're gonna read it, don't give up and keep reading! ;)

Taylor. This girl. OMG she is such an incredible character. At the beginning I thought she was just boring and then I got to meet her more deeply and she became amazingly beautiful in my eyes. And brave. I admire her because she could just turn around and walk away. I could never do that - damn the social norms. 

Jonah. Such a dick in the beginning, but God, I was wrong. He's so sweet and incredible and strong and amazing and oh, everything. Everything that Taylor needed and that was perfect. 

The writing. After reading Jellicoe Road I understand why Melina Marchetta has so many fan around the world. Her writing is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Like, really purely amazing. I fell in love with it and I am sure I'm gonna read all her other books too :)

Jellicoe Road is an beautiful book written in a fabulous way :) I highly recommend this book to everyone. No exceptions. This book really is made for anyone, and it's easy to relate to and the story will touch you in way rare books can ;)

But I know sooner or later I will have to get out, that I need to feel the earth beneath my feet, between my toes - the splinters, the bindi-eyes, the burning sensation of hot dirt, the sting of cuts, the twigs, the bites, the heat, the discomfort, the everything. I need desperately to feel it all, so when something wonderful happens, the contrast will be so massive that I will bottle the impact and keep it for the rest of my life.

He's the most beautiful creature I have ever seen and it's not about his face but the life force I can see in him. It's the smile and the pure promise of everything he has to offer. Like he's saying, "Here I am, world; are you ready for so much passion and beauty and goodness and love and every other word that should be in the dictionary under the word life?"

The head nerd of the Cadets is my partner and when it's over he asks me for my number. I'm very flattered and he looks a bit crestfallen when I say no. "It's because they don't have coverage out her," Griggs tells him. "No," I say, looking up at Griggs. "It's actually because my heart belongs to someone else." And if I could bottle the look on his face, I'd keep it by my bedside for the rest of my life.

I stand up and walk toward her because my days of wanting more are over. If I want more, I need to go and get it, demand it, take hold of it with all my might, and do the best I can with it.





PS. Thank you Nina for this amazing On the Jellicoe Readalong! :) I had an incredible time reading this amazing book, so really, thank you :)

8 comments :

Sam said...

Nea, I'm so glad you read this! The beginning IS confusing (it nearly always takes me a little while to get into her books) but once it gets going, it's such a brilliant story. I agree, the writing is amazing! MM is super talented, that's for sure. :) Brilliant review hun!

Joie said...

Yayayayay, I'm so glad you finally read this Nea! Have you joined the cult of MM worshippers?? :)
Great review Nea, and great quote picks!!

sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books said...

Loved this book so much! I am so glad I signed up for the readalong too. I was the same way in the beginning but wow is it worth it to finish! Awesome quote selection as well! :)

alexandrasscribblings said...

Ahhh! I love this book too! Kristin (from GrowingUp YA) raves about Melina Marchetta so much, so I thought I'd have to pick up some of her stuff and I am so glad I did.
I completely agree with you, her writing is so, so beautiful and ahhh! And those quotes are perfect, so, so perfect.

Carina Olsen said...

Awesome review, sweetie :D I have never actually read the summary for this book.. but I loved Finnikin and Froi by this author, so I should read this book. :) Plus, it sounds like there is an awesome romance. <3 hope so ;p Glad you loved it :D
Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

Nina said...

Yay, I am so happy to see that you liked it! I think the beginning is confusing to everyone, but like you say it is totally worth it!:) So glad you joined the readalong!

Kah Cherub said...

The cover doesn't attract me much, but now that I know that inside it resides such awesomeness, I just might give it a try. :) The writing does look quite different, but different in YA can be a very good thing. thank you very much for stopping by my blog!!

Dea S. said...

You're not alone about the beginning! I myself was confused at the first twenty pages, but I'm glad I read on because this turns out to be one of my all-time favorites. I'm so glad you enjoyed it too Nea! and you wrote a very lovely review for it. :)

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