May 1, 2014

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

"What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. Taylor has been chosen to be the leader of a war that has been going on between the Townies, the Cadets and the school. Only it's hard to stay enemies with two boys who are clearly her friends.
I really like coming of age stories. Taylor has to find out the secrets of her past and to do that she needs her friends. Hannah has disappeared and she misses her very much, but Taylor also needs to find out what she actually is to her and who her parents are. To help her find clues Hannah's left Taylor a manuscript that she's written. The story of Jellicoe Road is sad, but hopeful and it has been written in an interesting and beautiful way. I loved this book and think it's a wonderful read for both teenagers and adults.

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