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Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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Jun 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-english, young-adult, contemporary, magical, 5-stars
Read from May 28 to 29, 2012

I did read this book right after I finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. Not that they're exactly the same but I can't help to still compare them because there's quite a few similarities. They're both young adult novels about a group of teenagers going to a boarding school and they're both excellent coming of age stories. But I still have to say I enjoyed Jellicoe Road a bit more. Okay, let's be honest here, I didn't just enjoy Jellicoe Road, I loved it! I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't stop reading it (which wasn't the case with Looking for Alaska even if that's an excellent book as well)! I stayed up reading this book way too late two nights in a row!

Jellicoe Road takes place on a boarding school and is narrated by Taylor. It's Taylor's story about her search for her past, but it's also a story about a car accident that happened on the Jellicoe Road twenty years earlier. And let's not forget that it's a story about life, love, growing up and most of all, it's a story about true friendship.

So why did I love this story so much? First of all; I really liked the characters! I might even say I loved them (and that's true to every single one of them). They all have a lot of depth to them and feel honest and true without being predictable (I hate predictable characters). I could really relate to them and I really enjoyed seeing them grow through the story. I also loved how the relationships between the characters felt really believable and honest. Melina Marchetta didn't make the relationships too easy or uncomplicated and I like that because that's how human relationships play out. They're never that simple no matter if it's about love, friendship or family. And I have to say this is one of a few books that I really got caught in from the first page, it usually takes me a good while to get into a story. But not this one! There's a lot of excitement, mystery and interesting characters that keeps you intrigued through the whole book...

So, now when you've read this review; go and get your hands on the Jellicoe Road. You can thank me later!
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