Marchetta, Malina. Jellicoe Road.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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MARCHETTA, Malina. Jellicoe Road. HarperCollins. 419p. c2006. 978-0-06-143183-8. $1799. J S A *

I approached this book already favorably impressed by Marchetta's previous books, Saving Francesca and Looking for Alibrandi, both set in Australia where Marchetta lives. Jellico Road is also set in Australia, which shouldn't pose any problems for American readers. What might cause problems is the complexity of the plot, the numerous characters, and the basic mystery of the connections between and among the characters, all because of a car accident that occurred on Jellicoe Road some years in the past. Let's just say that readers must be patient as they wait for the main character, 17-year-old Taylor Markham, to sort out her disturbing memories and discover the truth about herself, her mother, and just about everyone close to her. When Taylor was 11 years old...

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