Wednesday, October 9, 2013

9: Wild Card Wednesday - Jellicoe Road

Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road kept popping up on people's lists of great books this year.  Last month curiosity won out and I finally put a library hold on it.  I had no idea what it was about when I opened the cover.  To be honest, about a third of the way into the novel, I still felt a little lost.  Here is the weird part though:  I loved the feeling.  My confusion paralleled the main character's own disorientation brilliantly.  I was awed by Marchetta's writing technique and story structure.

Confession time.  This book brought out my inner nerdy student.  As my college friends can testify, my inner student is a compulsive notetaker.  Feeling equal parts ridiculous and determined, I pulled out a notebook, scribbling to order my thoughts, musing and predictions.  And mostly just to keep things straight.  I loved every minute of pondering this story and how its pieces fit together.

Never fear, if you're not the note taking-while-reading type, that step is purely optional.

As most of my favorite stories are, this intricately woven novel is wrought with beauty, mystery, sadness and, of course, redemption.  Jellicoe Road read as more than a book -- diving into its pages was an experience.  When I finished it, I loved it so much that my husband and my mom each suffered through some long rambling gushing.

I don't want to give away the plot, because discovering and decoding this world is half the joy.
I'll just leave you with the promise that it's a wonderful read and an appropriately vague publisher's blurb:

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham 17, finally confronts her past. Hannah, the closest adult she has to family, disappears. Jonah Griggs, moody stares and all, is back in town. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

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Before-It-Hits-the-Theater Thursday - 
The Fault in Our Stars

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the series from the beginning.

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