If there’s a book in this world that I would have regretted putting down before finishing, it would be this one. On The Jellicoe Road and I started off pretty badly. I had borrowed this book from the library 2 months before and never got motivated to finish it. When I realised my due date was coming up, I decided to pick this up. It was terribly confusing at first, and I honestly could not be any more bored by the story.
I didn’t understand the correlation between the two stories that were being told at the same time. I couldn’t separate what was real and what was fake. (Helpful hint: Some parts of the story are Hannah’s manuscript. If you’re reading the ebook then it means that the parts completely italicized are the manuscript. The rest is Taylor’s story).
However, Melina Marchetta had a beautiful and surreal way of writing. You couldn’t help but feel as if you were in Jellicoe Road and walking through the forrest and climbing the trees. It makes me want to visit Australia even more than I already do.
“I live on the Jellicoe Road. Where trees make canopies over-head and where you can sit at the top of them and see forever.”
Also, no matter how confusing the alternating chapters are, in the end the author brings them together and honestly breaks my heart in the process.
I will not lie to you and tell you that it was easy reading this book. Taylor was annoying and selfish at times. She was standoffish most of the time and her “devil may care” attitude will get on your nerves once you start warming up to the side characters. You may think the story is slow, and yes, I won’t lie. It is a pretty slow story. However once the manuscript and Taylor’s life intersect, that’s when I was passing the pages as fast as I could.
I formed an emotional attachment to everyone in this book (yes, even Taylor once I got to know her). I sighed and swooned over Jonah Griggs and the Brigadier. I cried my eyes out while following Taylor on this journey.
I think that this is one of those books that it is perfectly acceptable to re-read if you had a bad relationship with it at first. You’ll be sure to fall in love with it.
Overall, while it had a shaky start and a questionable main character, this book presents two stories and brings them together in a very poetic and feel-inducing way. It’s a book I’d re-read any day.