Jellicoe Road is one of the best YA books I've read in a long time. The author has a great ability to write multi-dimensional characters. She hits some hard topics in really subtle ways. There's no banging the reader over the head.
The novel follows two sets of teenagers - set a generation apart. Both stories intertwine round a game the first set creates - a war between the boarding school kids, the townies, and the visiting military academy students.
The characters deal with some heavy heavy issues, but the book is also full of joy and friendship. I love a book that makes me laugh and cry. 9/10