5 Things About On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

March 9, 2017 Review 20 ★★★★½

5 Things About On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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Narrator: Rebecca Macauley
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Source: Purchased
Length: 8hrs, 53min
Release Date: May 14th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

My first Melina Marchetta contemporary

Okay first is a lie. Technically ON THE JELLICOE ROAD is my second Marchetta contemporary because I had to read LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI in high school. Either way, I loved this as much as I loved FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK! I cannot wait to delve into more of Marchetta’s contemporary fiction, or all the other books she’s written really.


Dual storylines

I loved the way this story was told. There are two dual storylines, one from the manuscript and Taylor’s, which overlap a tonne more than I was expecting. So much is inter-related and every single aspect is interesting. I loved the territory wars (it made it so much more entertaining than your usual romance/ family based contemporary) and the depth of the relationships between all the characters.

Super Australian

I’ve never been to boarding school but I’ve been to school my entire life here in Aus, and I can tell you the atmosphere of the Jellicoe school is 100% accurate. Yes, we do have school houses but they’re not as cool as the Hogwarts houses. The lingo in this is also spot on and I really appreciated the use of an Australian narrator for the audiobook!


Taylor’s growth

I’m so proud of Taylor. From a girl who really didn’t want any responsibility in the beginning, she grew so much and became a fantastic leader. I can’t believe how much stuff she’s been through in her past, how much many of the characters have been through in their past honestly. They’re all so precious.

So many emotions

I did not expect to be so ruined by this book but it really does destroy all your emotions multiple times. Even the most minor characters pull at your heart strings. It’s so easy to become incredibly connected to every single character, you really feel for them when bad things happen, and when you learn about their past you just want to tuck them under a blanket and give them a massive hug. They’re all so precious.



I’m so glad I’ve finally had the opportunity to read some Marchetta contemporaries. ON THE JELLICOE ROAD was fantastic, so full of feels and emotions, I loved everything about it. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of Marchetta’s stuff. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary novels.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

20 Responses to “5 Things About On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta”

    • Bec

      Yeah it took me a while to really get into it to, but the more I read the more intrigued I was! I think the audio might have helped a bit too in the end, or maybe it’s what made it harder for me to connect originally. Who knows.

      I hope you have a better experience if you do try it again!

    • Bec

      I cannot wait to reread it! It was magnificient. Hopefully I can get to more of Marchetta’s contemporary works soon.

    • Bec

      It’s so nice reading something set in a place that feels so familiar! I hope you love it as much as you loved Alibrandi :D

    • Bec

      I’m not surprised it’s a must read! It definitely deserves it. I hope you get that book soon :)

    • Bec

      It is a bit confusing until you start to put it all together haha. Once you figure it out it’s brilliant!

  1. Summer @ Xingsings

    I’m feeling ashamed because I still haven’t read any Melina Marchetta even though I’ve been recommended her books for so long. I’m going to try FotR before this one, but I’ve bumped this up my TBR list after seeing how you much you loved it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


    • Bec

      Get to it Summer! Her fantasy is just as amazing as her contemporary works. I love the Lumatere Chronicles so much and really wish she’d write more fantasy.

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