Melina Marchetta is one of my favourite authors, and On the Jellicoe Road was well deserving of the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award of Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2009, in my humble opinion. And today, I was reminded of this quote once again...I love it!
"My body becomes a raft and there's this part of me that wants just literally to go with the flow. To close my eyes and let it take me. But I know sooner or later I will have to get out, that I need to feel the earth beneath my feet, between my toes - the splinters, the bindi-eyes, the burning sensation of hot dirt, the sting of cuts, the twigs, the bites, the heat, the discomfort, the everything. I need desperately to feel it all, so when something wonderful happens, the contrast will be so massive that I will bottle the impact and keep it for the rest of my life."
~ On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
To read some more quotes from the amazing author Melina Marchetta (I can't recommend her highly enough!) please see my review for On the Jellicoe Road