Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road

4.13 (48,596 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-10 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * Kirkus Best Book

Jellicoe Road is a dazzling tale that is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age novel. Described by Kirkus as "a beautifully rendered mystery" and by VOYA as "a great choice for more sophisticated readers and those teens who like multifaceted stories and characters."

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs, the boy who might be the key to unlocking the secrets for Taylor's past, is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her; Hannah finding her; Hannah's sudden departure; a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear; a boy in her dreams; five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago; and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does.

If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she just might be able to change her future.
show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061431850
  • 9780061431852
  • 70,052

Back cover copy

In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.

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.
show more

Review quote

A beautifully rendered mystery.-- -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Melina Marchetta has a knack for writing stories that swallow you up and refuse to let you go until you've read every last word....Marchetta is a master at creating intriguing characters and her stories are heartfelt."-- -- Sydney Morning Herald on JELLICOE ROAD
show more

Rating details

48,596 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 48% (23,487)
4 28% (13,563)
3 15% (7,308)
2 5% (2,622)
1 3% (1,616)

Our customer reviews

I did not love it right away. I was confused at first. I did not understand the territory wars, the Houses and the main character. But as I read on, I came to know what was so great about this book that a lot of people love. Let me start with the main character: Taylor Markham. She's not easy to like. She's a disturbed teenager with no clear memory of her past. She has major issues about herself and her relationships with the people around her. She's sometimes selfish and aloof. She's ******-up. Big time. I'm even amazed at the fact the kids in her House worries about and still looks up at her even though she treats them with indifference bordering on neglect. But if there are a few things I like about her, they're her determination to find answers herself and her sense of independence. The other characters are okay. I like Raffaela's concern for Taylor. She's a faithful and reliable friend, one Taylor needs so badly. She puts up with Taylor's crap and remains beside her all the way. Ben Cassidy's my favorite character. He's funny and kind. I think half the time that I laughed while reading Jellicoe Road was because of Ben's witty comebacks. I also love his banter with Jonah every time he makes him jealous. Santangelo is somewhat frustrating. The tension between him and Raffy is so palpable that I don't understand why they're not together. And Jonah. Jonah freaking Griggs. He's not your typical swoon-worthy YA bad boy. But I also love his character, his complication, the way he cares for Taylor, his angst. I find their relationship cute even when they're so close to killing each other that I can't help grinning stupidly on mushy scenes. *wink* And now, the story. I like the way Marchetta wrote this book. The build-up of suspense, the way and timing she threw things at me, the quirky dialogue, the connection between the past and the present that's so essential to the story. Reading this book is an emotional roller-coaster for me. One moment I was crying then the next I was laughing. It was heart-wrenching. I felt the characters' sadness, grief and regrets. I cried when Fitz told Jude what happened to Webb. I cried when Tate read to Narnie to keep her alive. I cried when Taylor discovered her link to the past. I cried when Narnie told the reason why she couldn't move inside the car that night. I cried at the revelations. There were a lot of "I knew it!" moments and pleasant - and sometimes unpleasant - surprises. It's like everything and everyone's entangled in a huge web of mysteries and secrets. Jellicoe Road is not a happy book. It's a story about friendship, love, loss, redemption, forgiveness and salvation. Fitz saved Narnie and Webb and Tate. Narnie saved Webb from further heartbreak. Jude saved Narnie and Taylor and Jonah. Jonah and Taylor saved each other. And at the end, Webb saved Fitz from his guilt. You know how when sometimes you wish things happened differently because that way, life would have been happier? I wish Fitz did not come back for the fifth tin that day. I wish Tate was stronger. I wish Taylor's mother did not leave her. But then, the story would have been different, right? It wouldn't be the one that I love, so even though it broke my heart, I'm happy Melina Marchetta wrote Jellicoe Road the way it is. FAVORITE LINES "Any pain inflicted on Richard warms my heart and it warms yours as well. Go on, admit it. When he hit the ground and the blood went flying and you knew in your heart his nose was broken, didn't you just want to jump for joy and stomp on his ugly face?" *** This is what I know. I look like my father. My father disappeared when he was seventeen years old. Hannah once told me that there is something unnatural about being older than your father ever got to be. When you can say that at the age of seventeen, it's a different kind of devastating. *** "You should be worried," Ben says. "Because you're going out with that chick and Raff will go out with some guy and you'll spend the whole time with this 'thing' hovering between you and then you'll get married to other people and one day when you're middle-aged in your thirties, while both your kids are going to the same school, you're going to have this affair because of all the pent-up attraction and ruin the lives of everyone in the P and F." "Your friends are freaks," Santangelo tells Raffy when she re-joins us. "Chaz, I've always had freaks for friends. You should know that."show more
by Julie Rimpula
the beginning of this book can be a little bit confusing because it mixes two stories (present and past) that seem disconnected; but that's just part of the wonder. the stories of the characters are very hard, but it is also full of hope. it is also full of magic and intense feelings and passion. i recommend it to everyone who has feelings, who has a soul. i also recommend the other book of Marchetta, but this is my favourite. este es un libro fant�¡stico, maravilloso. s�³lo puedo decir cosas buenas de �©l. est�¡ lleno de sentimientos, de pasi�³n, de amor, amistad, y de esperanza. los hechos que narran son terribles, pero a la vez hay un rayo de esperanza, una luz que inunda la oscuridad. te enamoras de los personajes, los admiras, te inspiran ternura, los comprendes, te identificas con ellos, lloras con ellos, te r�­es... es un libro recomendable para todo aquel que tenga alma y coraz�³n. al principio puede ser un poco confuso, pero luego todas las piezas van encajando como en puzle precioso. melina marchetta es fant�¡stica. todos sus libros son dignos de lectura, pero este, para m�­, es el more
by julia
Taylor Markam was abandoned by her mother at a 7-Eleven on Jellicoe Road when she was a mere eleven years old. Only moments later a woman by the name of Hannah picked her up and brought her to the Jellicoe School. Now she is seventeen and finds that Hannah is a rock in her inconsistent life. While she has Hannah, Taylor doesn't know much about her family except the horror stories she remembers of her mother. She does find comfort, though, in a manuscript that Hannah has written about a group of five friends who met in the worst circumstances, but developed a remarkable friendship when they only had each other. When Hannah just up and leaves, Taylor doesn't understand what has happened and she becomes a wreck. Not only does she have to deal with Hannah's disappearance, but she has just been named the head of her House and the leader of the school kids in the annual territory wars against the "Townies" and "Cadets." In the war, the three groups battle and negotiate, following an extensive set of rules that might as well be history. As the war wages on, Taylor learns to take an active role in her community, as well as develop relationships that she never thought possible. Especially with Jonah Griggs, the leader of the Cadets, whom she already has quite a history with. This war will be like no other. It will not only be between the normal three parties, but among friends, hearts desires, and, most of all, Taylor herself. From the title I was expecting a light and fun read. Wow, was I wrong! This book is filled with heartbreak, joy, laughter, and sorrow. It completely blew me away and surpassed every expectation I had, even though I was expecting something completely different. Before I even get into the elements of the story I have to comment on how much talent the author has. Melina Marhetta's writing style is indescribable. It seemed that she was so comfortable writing the story and her words just flowed from page to page with great clarity. I loved how the author weaved many intricate details and mini-stories into one big story, making it like a puzzle that slowly comes together until those last couple of pieces just fall into place. The only miff I had with this book is that it took me probably until the third chapter to actually understand what was going on. In the beginning, there were two stories and it was hard to wrap my head around everything that was happening. After that, though, it seemed the author settled into writing and the story took off. Taylor, without a doubt, is one of the best characters that I think has ever been created. She has this true voice where you can hear and feel her emotions ring out. By the time the book had ended I felt like I knew Taylor like I know my best friends. While Taylor was the main character, the author did a fabulous job creating the other characters, too. Unlike many supporting characters in books, the characters in JELLICOE ROAD all had their own voices and became their own people, with real and likable personalities. I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere. Whether you're a girl or a guy, you will treasure this novel and hold it near and dear to your heart for a long time to come. JELLICOE ROAD is a beautiful love story, a heart-wrenching story of loss, a poignant self-discovery, and, most of all, an unforgettable tale. Pre-order this book NOW!! It hits stores August 26 and you don't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind novel. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X