Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Challenge: 2012 Award-Winning Reads Challenge
This absorbing, award-winning novel is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age story in one compelling tale. If Taylor Markham can put together the pieces of her past and present, she might just be able to change her future.
When it comes to the books that you fall completely, head over heels in love with, sometimes, it's incredibly hard to express how much you love them and why you do. JELLICOE ROAD is a book that has been around for a while, but I only read it fairly recently - and it blew me away to an extent I couldn't foresee. It's been days since I finished this gorgeous novel by MELINA MARCHETTA but I find that my thoughts still linger on it.
Overall, the novel is haunting, peppered with sadness and pinches of joy. This book managed to take my heart in, crush it into a million pieces, sweep the pieces up and put them back together again. Seriously, this novel just made me feel everything so intensely. As I said to my friend Magan, it's like I wish I could just bottle up this feeling, call it Jellicoe Road and shove it into people's hands so they'd understand what I'm trying to say.
I actually liked being thrust into the action and the two simultaneous stories right from the beginning. Though it took a while for things to be cleared up, I felt like I was immediately tuned in to the story and anticipating what would happen next. I honestly felt like I was reading a film - everything played out cinematically, mostly because of the incredibly poetic and descriptive writing style.
And I fell in love with these characters - Taylor, Raffy, Santangelo, Jessa, Jonah, Narnie, Tate, Webb, Jude and Fitz. It was hard not to fall in love with each individual, even more so with their friendships and their own stories of love, loss, longing and joy. You all already know that I love a good character and this book had plenty of them to offer to me.
MELINA MARCHETTA is a wonderfully talented writer, with the ability to use words to evoke scenes and bring characters to life. Reading JELLICOE ROAD was an amazing experience, and my first time reading it is something that I will find very difficult to forget for the rest of my life.
So yes, if you haven't read it yet, please do. It's amazing, amazing, amazing.
This review was posted as part of Rewind & Review.
Rewind & Review is a great monthly feature started by Ginger of GReads! and Lisa of Lisa is Busy Nerding. Each month, participants will set aside some "older" titles to read and review on their blogs. This feature is the perfect opportunity to get around to reading that title you've been eyeing for years or that book that's been in your TBR for what feels like forever. For more information, you can visit this post.