Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Why I love Jellicoe Road: It is full of heartbreak and love and it's one hundred percent real. I'm so glad I finally decided to read this book again. This was my third time reading it; though I hadn't read it since last April. Which was too far away. I had forgotten just how much I loved this book. And now I love it even more. I had forgotten how sad it is. So sad that it made me cry a few times. Which doesn't usually happen. I had forgotten how much it would make me feel. How much I would love Taylor and Jonah. <3 

Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything.

I'm trying to think of what I'm going to share about this book with you all. I want to share all of it. And I want to share none of it. Mostly I just want you all to go read this book. To go read it and love it and then come back and tell me. Which you now must do. But I will share a few things about Jellicoe Road today. I won't talk too much about the plot. Will just mention some of my love for it. My love for the characters. And there are a lot of characters to love in this book. First, the writing is simply gorgeous.

Jellicoe Road is told from the point of view of Taylor Markham. Whom I adored. She is such an amazing character. And we get to know her so well yet I always wanted to know more about her. I loved reading about her past. Because it is heartbreaking and mean and so real and honest. I loved reading about her mother who left her when she was eleven. I know that I didn't like her. But I still couldn't fully hate her or totally blame her. But that does not mean that I approved of the things she did. Which I did not. Sigh.

Though the book is from Taylor's point of view, we also get to read some stories about five other teenagers, many years back. Narnie, Tate, Webb, Fitz and Jude. I will not say much about them. Just that they are all adorable and I loved reading about their friendship and their lives and I could not get enough of them. Would have loved to know more. Their story is heartbreaking. And so real. It is just so sad and beautiful and it's done so well. Sigh. I think Narnie was my favorite of them all. Most likely.

There are so many characters in this book. So many that I loved to pieces. There is Taylor's best friend, Raffy. Though at first they aren't really hanging out that much. But it changes. And I adored Raffy. I loved seeing her kind of relationship with Chaz. And I adored reading about him too. And ack. I just want them together, hih. Then there is also Ben. Whom is just this adorable guy. One of the best things about this book is that there is no love triangle. Not at all. No kisses with other people. Thank god, hah.

But there is romance. Oh, how there is romance in Jellicoe Road. Because there is this boy. Jonah Griggs. And he is kind of everything. I loved reading about him. So so much. His past is just the saddest. Well, he and Taylor both have the saddest pasts. But his killed me a little. Like what almost happened three years ago. Sniffs. Anyway. I adore Jonah. I adore him to pieces. I loved reading about him. And the slow romance between him and Taylor. It was everything. It was perfect. It was beautiful.

"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.

There is so much I love in this book. I love getting to know Taylor. I love getting to know the school she goes to. And all the kids there. Like small Jessa. She was kind of annoying most of the time, but I also ended up adoring her. She was pretty cute. And I loved how Taylor didn't truly like any of them in the beginning. How she kept her distance. And then getting to see her open up and become more for them all. I loved how much Taylor grows in this book. Because it is beautiful to watch. And I loved it so much.

I'm trying not to say too much about this book. But I think I'm failing in that. I know I have said a lot of this before, and that I'm not saying everything that I said before, but that's okay. I don't feel like sharing the entire plot. But I do feel like saying that the story in Jellicoe Road is stunning. It is interesting and fun and just all kinds of awesome. I loved reading about the territory wars. About the gorgeous friendships. I loved reading about all of it. Okay, I loved reading about Jonah and Taylor the most. <3

I take deep breaths, looking at the town stretched in front of me.
When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and kisses me so deeply that
I don't know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. 
I don't know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it instantly.

I have so many favorite parts in this book. Okay, the entire book is my favorite. But I loved the times we get to know about Taylor's past. About when she used to live with her mom. How broken her mom was. How she didn't fully take care of Taylor. What happened when she was eleven, to her and Sam. It was heartbreaking. And yet so perfect too and so real and honest. I loved reading those moments. And I would love to know more about her past. Though I'm sure it would break my heart that much more.

The ending for this book is perfect. Okay, it is beyond heartbreaking in some ways. Yet it is also the perfect ending. Though I really want to know what happens next. I'm so curious about it all. Mostly I just want to read more about Jonah and Taylor. <3 I need more of their gorgeous romance. Sigh. It's just so beautiful. And omg. There will be a Jellicoe Road movie. And I am dying for more news about it. I think it will be perfect. Sure, I'm worried about how they will make it. But I'm also so excited about it.

I am done talking about this book now. Hopefully this post made sense at all. I just loved this book so, so much. It means so much to me. And it made my heart to funny things. I'm so glad I finally read it again. <3 And I cannot wait to read it even more times. It is the kind of book you can read again and again and never tire of it. Which is why you all need to read it if you have yet to do so. It's worth it. Also, I'm sharing a bunch of quotes in this post of mine. I love them all. And I hope you do too. <3

These people have history and I crave history. I crave someone knowing me 
so well that they can tell what I'm thinking. Jonah Griggs takes my hand under 
the table and links my fingers with his and I know that I would sacrifice almost 
anything just to keep this state of mind, for the rest of the week at least.


  1. This book is EVERYTHING to me. It's what made me fall in love with the YA genre. It changed my whole reading world. Melina Marchetta will forever and always be my favorite author, simply because of this book.

    Jonah Griggs, need I really say more? That boy is buried so deep in my heart he's never getting out. He'll always be my #1 book guy.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post, girl. Everyone needs to read this book!

  2. That is an impressive number of copies! I am so looking forward to reading this book. I've only seen the paperback around but I need to get my hands on a hardcover copy soon :)


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