Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta, 2006) [2009-03-12]
I got on the library waitlist for this book
because Amy kept saying it was amazing
. The first fifty pages or so I really wasn't into it -- didn't like the main character, didn't really like the setup -- but I kept going because Amy had insisted.
And I started to get into it, and the story became about so much more than the initial setup indicated, and the characters grew, and connections were made (narratively and relationally), and parts made me cry (in an "emotionally moving" way).
I feel like a lot of the intensity [am being vague for spoiler-free-ness] would seem melodramatic to a lot of readers, but it really works
for me (which surprises me a smidgen -- though it probably shouldn't).Edit:
I read a comment on GoodReads (Message 5 by Navah here
) that said, "I realized that it was actually about love and discovery and history and the way you define yourself by the people you choose to love," which is arguably the best description I've seen -- though I would argue that you don't "choose" to love people necessarily (either IRL or in this book), you just *do* and *that* changes/defines you.