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Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham 17, finally confronts her past. Hannah, the closest adult she has to family, disappears. Jonah Griggs, moody stares and all, is back in town. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.
THIS BOOK! Oh, this book. It is so hard to tell the wonderfulness that is this story. When I read the synopsis I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like it since it really isn’t my normal kind of read, but I had heard a lot of great things about this book and decided that I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and I am SO GLAD I did. This story was absolutely brilliant! Very emotional and heart wrenching and amazing and I just want to hug everybody and it just draws you in and doesn’t let you go.
I feel like I know everybody involved in this book and the character development was incredible. Taylor lets people think she really doesn’t care abotu anything and she comes off very abrasive with people at first, but she really changes through out the course of the story with everything she goes through and finds out. Jonah also is not quite what he seems on the outside. Raffy is a great friend and I really like her by the end of the book.
The story is a bit confusing at first (which is why I had to deduct half a star) and I had to figure out the lingo and what was going on before I really got into the book. It will definitely be one I will want to reread and there will be no confusion the second time around. There are actually two story lines going, the present and one with a group of 5 friends from almost 20 years ago, which crash together. Everything is so well-written and intricate and the stories are woven so well together.
It really is hard to express how incredible this book is. Really, really wow. One of my new favorites! Next time I think I will read the book (since I will definitely be buying a copy) instead of audio. The reader was australian and she did really well, hoever I did not like the music that played before and after each chapter introduction and ending. It was kind of annoying and I just wanted to hurry up and get back to the reading. This one is a must have for book shelves!
Excellent characters, emotional, poignant, slow beginning.