Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Review


Title: Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery

Summary: At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.

Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥

AimalReads Review under the cut:

I received this book as a birthday gift. I had been wanting to read it for quite a long time, because anybody who’s read this has said it’s amazing. And it was. It was fast-paced, romantic but not cheesy, mysterious, thrilling, suspenseful and heart-breaking. The characters were fantastic, the writing style was beautiful, the story was captivating.


The story was fascinating. You have several aspects in one story that may seem confusing and unrelated and just stuffed in the initial stages of the book, but everything is connected. That’s the beauty of the book. You are confused, and you want answers and you have no idea what’s going on, but as each chapter progresses, Marchetta implicitly expands upon a previous event or previous information. It’s a challenge. You have to pay a lot of attention. It’s definitely not an easy book to read, both because of its dark themes and the twisty-turny plot. But if you do pay attention to what’s going on, and you’re alert, it’s a fantastic book.


There are so many characters in this book. We have our protagonist, the protagonist’s friends, her love-interest. Then we have another five characters from a story, and these people are paid attention to as well. Then we have the grown-ups, the seemingly random (but important) people in the story. So, again, paying attention and reading closely is important, because otherwise, you tend to get lost. BUT the characters are well mapped out, they have specific personalities. They’re lovable and you feel for them; you feel their pain, their happiness. They had a lot of depth to them, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I was invested in their well-being.

Writing Style:

I have never read anything by Melina Marchetta before, and after reading this, I think she’s such a talented writer. She writes with such poise, such elegance. You can tell that she’s not specifically TRYING to write in the way that she does— you feel the naturalness of it. She has a knack of connecting the dots, of keeping her reader in mystery, on the edge of his/her seat. I’ll definitely be checking out more books by her.

Would I recommend? Definitely.

Would I re-read? Yes.

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