Review: On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


“I don’t want to let go, because tonight I’m not looking for anything more than being part of him. Because being part of him isn’t just anything. It’s kind of everything.”

― Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

All right…let me completely honest. When I first opened this book it was with great expectation. I mean, come on, Melina Marchetta wrote Looking for Alibrandi, one of my all time favourite YA books (plus I loved the movie too), so I was on the look out for another knock out number.

It took me a little while to find the brilliantness of this book though. The first little bit, starting with a horrific and deadly car accident, was depressing and a lot to wade through. A little bit on the slow side. However, in hindsight, it was essential to understanding the full story.

Now…this part of my review is important – YOU MUST ALL STILL READ IT!!!!

Despite the fact that it had a slow start the book grew on me. In fact it grew on me so fast that I couldn’t put it down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I laughed, I cried, I SOBBED. This book gave me all the feels…all of them, and isn’t that what a great book is supposed to do?

There are two story lines running throughout the book.

The main one being the story of Taylor Markham, a 17 year old girl who becomes the leader of the Jellicoe school students in the vicious summer turf wars against the townies and the cadets. Oh yes, and don’t forget the intense, but not so rosy love that rises between Taylor and the leader of the cadets, Jonah Griggs. Chuck in a past history between the two and you have something incredible, alive.

The other story running through the book is that of Narnie, Webb, Fitz, Tate and Jude and the incredible bond that these five children have with one another. Their story is one of much joy and love, but also of great heartbreak (there is a lot of heartbreaking in this book – so consider yourself warned).

I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to read it and experience the rollercoaster that is the Jellicoe Road experience for yourself.

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Suse Hocking is a wife and mother, a mad-keen reader and wannabe writer. She also dabbles in the freelance editing industry. You can follow her on her own blog – The Scribbling Post – on Facebook  – and on Twitter.


  1. I’ve tried to read this book several times, but I can never get past the first few chapters! I struggle with the fact that at the start, it isn’t clear what’s happening, and you have to wade through several chapters to get to a part where you can understand how things fit together. Great review, though, and maybe I’ll give it one more go! =)



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