Taylor explains Jonah’s everyday “romance”, JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
Taylor Markham has hated Jonah Griggs for years. When they were thirteen, the two ran away separately but ended up together, only to be caught when Jonah seemingly chickened out. Years later, Jellicoe school leader Taylor and Cadet leader Jonah form an unlikely alliance in the local territory wars that develops into much more.
After a very against-policy trip to Sydney in hopes of unraveling the painful secrets of Taylor’s past, Jonah realizes how much she’s gone through and wants to offer her more than flirtatious teen dating, but Taylor assures him that he’s gone above and beyond the call of romance.
“What are you thinking?” I whisper after a while.
“That you deserve romance,” he says.
I trace his face with my fingers. “Let me see. A guy tells me that he would have thrown himself in front of a train if it wasn’t for me and then drives seven hours straight, without whingeing once, on a wild-goose chase in search of my mother with absolutely no clue where to start. He is, in all probability, going to get court-martialed because of me, has put up with my moodiness all day long, and knows exactly what to order me for breakfast. It doesn’t get more romantic than that, Jonah.”