Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

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I know I have a lot of Marchetta on here, but I do have a good reason for it. I love her work. It’s as simple as that. She is an amazing author; the fact that she is Australian makes it better because there is some chance of meeting here at a signing or something. But then again, maybe not. That aside though, Melina Marchetta is one of my favourite authors and her books are among my favourites as well. I don’t know what it is about her writing, but it draws me in and I finish the books very quickly.

 

If you have never had the experience of reading one of her books, I recommend you straightaway go and buy one. And I mean like now, seriously, because her books are astounding.

 

And without further ado, here is my review. Hey, that rhymes!

 

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.

-Blurb

 

Taylor is honestly one of my favourite characters. I love her story and she may not be the nicest person, but she is honest and tries hard. I also love that all the characters are connected in some way. There is some background about them and how they met before, or how they know each other. Or even what they know about each other.

 

It is a great book and has a little bit of mystery involved in it. Give it a go and see if you can figure out the mystery. I can ensure you that you will love it. The start may seem a tad slow, but a few pages in and you’re hooked.

 

 

 

Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta is a well know Australian author. I was in the ABC shop looking for a book when I found Looking for Alibrandi, which was her first novel. I really loved it; I actually have a review of it if you want to check that out. But when I finished that, I decided to look around at some of Marchetta’s other work and that’s when I found Saving Francesca. It sounded pretty good, so I bought it, and as a consequence, really enjoyed reading it.

 

There’s just something about the way she writes that pulls you in and you cant stop. I could hardly put it down, and have read it many times as a result. If you have read any of her work, or even Saving Francesca, then you should know what I’m talking about. I hope you enjoy the review.

 

“ Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boys’ school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has a breakdown and can barely move from her bed. But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it’s within her power to bring her family back together.”

 

-Blurb

 

Before there was Eleanor and Park, there was Francesca and Will.

 

I really loved this book; I loved the setting and the storyline. I also really liked the fact that she mixed different cultures. She takes real-life situations and builds a story around them, something I really admire and find good in stories.

 

I picked up this book because I loved Marchetta’s debut, Looking For Alibrandi and thought well if that was so good, this one should be the same or even better. And I have to say I loved it, but I’m not too sure what one I like better, I really can’t choose.

 

At the school Francesca moved to, there are only about 20 or so girls, and only a small group were from Stella’s, her former school, and not really the people she hung out with. Siobhan, Tara and Justine. Somehow they form an unlikely friendship, and get along with each other. That is until Francesca says the wrong thing.

 

She feels as if nothing and no one understands her and that no one wants her around. So she leaves. She gets on a train and gets off at a random station. She doesn’t really understand why she is there or what happened, but in the end everything turns out better than she expected. It’s not perfect, but its better than it was.

 

I hope you enjoyed the review and if you want me to review any books, comment below.

 

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson

 

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I have had this book for a while, but I really love it and read it quite often. I’m pretty sure I have all of the author’s books as well, that’s how much I love her work. Before I had bought her books and read them, everyone talked about them and how good they were, so I thought, ‘Well I better see what everyone is talking about’. And I did and I loved it. Like straightaway. Matson’s work is, to me, just amazing and wonderful to read. Her stories make you feel like you are part of it, as if you were though. I hope you find my review helpful and purchase the book if you like the sound of it.

 

 

‘ Taylor Edwards has a tendency to run away when things get tough. But when her father receives unexpected, terrible news, Taylor knows this is one situation she can’t outrun.

To have one last summer together, Taylor’s parents decide to take the family back to their old lake house in the Poconos. Even though Taylor was twelve the last time she went to Lake Phoenix, the people she left behind are still there – like her former best friend Lucy, who’s still hurting from a long-ago betrayal, and her first crush Henry, who’s gotten five years cuter.

With nights full of fireflies and fireworks, the summer holds the possibility of forgiveness, and maybe even love. Taylor wants to hold on to the moment instead of walking away, but she knows the end of summer is getting closer – and that time is running out to make the most of her second chance. ‘

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So some of you may be thinking, what second chance? With her former best friend, or with her first crush? Sure they are part of it, but there is something more to the second chance she has been given. I would love to tell you, but unfortunately I don’t like spoilers so I cant. If you want to know I guess you will have to read it and find out.

 

I really love this story, I’m not sure why as its not very relatable to me, but I still love it. I love the story line and all the plot-twists that come along in the book. All the unexpected things. That’s what some of my favourite things in a book are. Unexpected things, which you don’t know are coming.

 

I also really love the part where she sacrifices part of her life to spend more time with her family, for an important reason. Having what happened to her happen to me, I don’t what I would do, but she just decided to make the best of it. I know you probably don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but if you want to know, you should buy the book so you know what I mean (my attempt to get you to purchase this book). And those of you who have read it, no spoilers ;).

 

I hope you like this review and tell me how I can improve it if you have any ideas.