Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
rating: 4 of 5 stars
A book about growing up without parents, about friendships and relationships and loss and grieving. It has car crashes, "war" between cadets, townies and students, mysterious boys in trees, a Hermit, a fire, and other intriguing details. It took me a while to get into it, because there are a lot of characters to keep track of, both in present day and in a novel manuscript that the main character is reading. So you might want to have a scorecard handy. But it's totally worth it, as the characters start to intertwine and the levels of story get deeper. There are a lot of twists and surprises, and plenty of emotion. A really unique book. Winner of the Printz Award 2009.
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