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Book Review: On The Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)


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Book Review: On The Jellicoe Road

"On The Jellicoe Road", by Melina Marchetta

To put it in a sentence, On The Jellicoe Road is one of the best books I have read.  Ever.

Set in Sydney, On The Jellicoe Road tells the tale of Taylor Markham – a Year 11 girl just elected the leader of her school – dealing with the Territory Wars, boys and the disappearance of Hannah.  Every year the Cadets camp near Jellicoe School for six weeks and during this time all hell breaks loose, with the Jellicoe’s and Townie’s engaging in Territory Wars with the Cadet’s.

As if this wasn’t enough, Taylor’s good friend Hannah, who has looked after her a lot during her time at Jellicoe School after Taylor’s mum abandoned her, has disappeared without a trace.  Taylor knows something isn’t right, but nobody is telling her anything.

With her good friend Raffy by her side, can Taylor win the Territory Wars and solve the mystery of Hannah?

This book is excellently written and was truly a joy to read.  It is a very moving, yet joyous book.  For the first 100 or so pages, chances are you won’t have much of a clue of what is going on, but the sheer genius in which Marchetta has crafted the story and the way she unravels every detail about the plot is amazing to say the least.

Intertwined with Taylor’s quest to solve the mystery are various excerpts telling of five other children – in what we later learn to be excerpts from an unfinished book by Hannah.  The way the stories tie in together is wonderful.

I loved the characters in the book and found it easy to relate to many of them.  Taylor Markham really seems like a real person, and Marchetta has done an excellent job creating her characters so convincingly.

There are only three small, tiny things I didn’t like about the book.  First of all, the amount of swearing – there was quite a bit.  Secondly, the fact that Raffy’s connection with Chaz Santangelo – leader of the Townies – isn’t fully explained.  Thirdly, Ben vanishing from the plot halfway through the novel.

All in all, this was an excellent book and definitely a must-read for everyone.  Don’t just sit there, hop on your bike and go to the library and get this book.  You will not regret it.

Rating: 5/5


Loved it ~

Only three more reviews: a CD review, another book review and a game review.



Author: Josh

Josh is a final year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Politics & International Studies and English & Theatre Studies. He enjoys eating ice cream, jamming to Taylor Swift, and procrastinating on readings.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: On The Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)

  1. This book was just laced with awesomeness.
    I didn’t notice the swearing though….

  2. Woah. That seems like an AMAZING book, I’ll have to read it! 🙂

  3. Pingback: Book Review; The Gift by Alison Croggon « Tinted Lens ~

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