Book Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Title: Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Release Date: March 9, 2010


I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor 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.


Now I know why this book got a lot of 5-star ratings! It was raw, heavy, and full of hope all at the same time.

This is a story about Taylor Markham, who was left by her mother at a 7 eleven store on Jellicoe Road when she was just 11 years old.

There was a lot happening towards the beginning of the story, and I must admit that I was confused at first, but the author was able to show how the lives of the new and past characters of Jellicoe Road intertwined.

I don’t want to give out spoilers and just say that this book will really take you on a journey to Jellicoe Road and you have to read it to understand and experience it yourself. A story about love, friendship, and finding hope.

Favorite Quotes:

“I remember love. It’s what I have to keep on reminding myself. It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you.”

“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.”

“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes, Taylor, and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.”

Soundtrack: Dreams by Harrison Storm

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-Full

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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper’s Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier’s Lit Award, NSW Premier’s Lit Award, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn were released in 2012 and 2013. Her latest novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an adult crime novel.


28 thoughts on “Book Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

  1. So glad that you liked it because Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite writers. ” It was raw, heavy, and full of hope all at the same time.” is a perfect description of the book. Great review! x

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