“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.” -Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
I really didn’t plan on sobbing my way toward 2013, but that’s what happened, since Jellicoe Road ended up being my last book of 2012.
Many people have mentioned that this book is difficult to follow at first. And it’s true. It took me ’til about page 200 before I figured out what was going on (until then I was continuously afraid that the book was going to end up being like that book where there are kids at a boarding school, and you know something weird is going on, but you can’t quite figure out what…you know the book, right?). Anyhoosie, I’m happy to report that nothing weird was going on and that everything finally falls into place before it starts to fall apart and resolve all at the same time.
How’s that for cryptic? Okay, let’s just use the B&N summary then:
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.
A few random things:
*It’s set in Australia. That took me awhile to figure out, too.
*I like how Taylor and Jonah and Chaz and Ben and Raffy and all the others finally end up coming together as friends, and the relationship between the Cadets and Townies and the Underground Community is restored to what it was in the days of Narnie and Tate and Webb and Fitz and Jude.
*Love the relevance of the red poppy on the cover.
*The Mullet Brothers! They cracked me up. And even HB, my resident bass player, loved the line about bass guitarists staring vacuously off into space as they play (when I laugh out loud he usually let’s me read him the funny line).
*Read with kleenex. At least if you’re a sap like me.