Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta definitely wasn’t my thing. I don’t know if the book suffered because I read it on the heels of books that blew my socks off, or if it really just wasn’t that great. Sadly, I’m leaning towards the latter.
The book started off convoluted for me. There’s a boarding school, and at this boarding school there’s this Ungerground Community with these three factions, but WHY there’s these three factions I HAD NO IDEA. And these factions have territory wars, the reason to which I have no explanation. And there’s this girl, Taylor, whose mom inexplicably abandonded her 11 years ago, and Jonah, a boy at one of the other boarding schools and part of one of the factions, who MAY KNOW SOMETHING, and he’s all dark and mysterious and only nice to Taylor but sometimes he’s even mean to her.
Maybe if you like your reading experience to be akin to blindly feeling your way around a dark room, then you’d like this book. Otherwise, it’s probably not for you (like it wasn’t for me).
And there’s all this history that you’re pretty sure is relevant to the story but much of which you don’t get until the middle or the end. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t and this time it just didn’t work for me.
I saw one reviewer talk about all the twists and turns this book makes, so I kept waiting for something to happen, and page after page was just ho hum convoluted story.
So this isn’t so much a review as just me telling you, this book wasn’t for me. And while the book wasn’t for me, it has rocked pretty much everyone else’s world.
Rating: 60 out of 100
Other reviews, all of whom thought this book was the bee’s knees:
The YA YA YAs (this is the review where I was like, OH! So THAT’S what the book was about! But frankly, I still wasn’t impressed.)