My Book Boyfriend: Jonah Griggs

Thought I would try something different this week, instead of WOW. I'll be participating in this meme randomly, whenever I find the need to go on and on about an amazing boy I read about. :) My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme, hosted by The Unreader, in which we swoon over boys in books!

My book boyfriend is:

Jonah Griggs
...from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Jonah Griggs is a tank. His face is blunter, meaner than I remember. Hair cropped. Eyes cold. Arms folded. He has perfected the art of looking straight at someone while avoiding eye contact. -Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road pg. 81
I couldn't find a photo of him with cropped hair, so just imagine it.
I just can't think about this guy without mentally sighing (and sometimes it happens out loud, too). I've had crushes on many book characters before, only rarely does it happen like this. I just couldn't get enough of him in the book; he's caring, and supportive, and he looks reaaaal good in fatigues. He's is also confident and perceptive; a combination that is deadly on him. He's had a terrible past, and has been through at least one traumatizing event, but he's not angsty or moody; he's just hot-tempered. ;)

Jonah's Stats:
  • Leader of the Cadets
  • Is described as a "ten foot tank" with a blunt face a cropped hair
  • According to Taylor, Jonah Griggs is "Not just a name but a state of mind...."
  • Can handle himself in a fight.
  • Is sneaky and tactical-minded.
  • Prefers to do his own dirty work.
  • Understands Taylor like no one else does.
  • Looks out for those he cares about...sometimes without even knowing it.


"Are you in charge?" he calls over my shoulder.
I turn around and watch Richard nod smugly.
"Technically," he says, walking towards us.
"Technicalities rarely interest me," Griggs says, and then he smashes Richard in the face."
-Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road  pg. 164
Griggs orders coffee and bacon and eggs for himself then looks at me. I shrug.
"White toast and marmalade and a hot chocolate," he says, and it doesn't surprise me just how much he's taken in about me.
-Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road pg. 321

Younger photo, but he's still handsome!
“If you weren’t driving, I’d kiss you senseless,” I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly. “Not driving any more.”
-Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road pg. 315
“This is war.”
Griggs shrugs arrogantly. “Well, I guess we’re better dressed for it.”
-Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road pg. 84
“Okay, so it’s not that bad,” he says after a while. “So, like I asked, what’s with the nightie?”
”It smells like what I always think mothers smell like,” I tell him honestly, knowing I don’t have to explain.
He nods. “My mum has one just the same and you have no idea how disturbing it is that it’s turning me on.”
-Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road pg. 225

When I read about Jonah for the first time, I immediately thought of Ethan Peck. I couldn't find any pictures of him with cropped hair, but he's who I imagined anyway. I saw him play in the TV version of 10 Things I Hate About You, and have loved him ever since. It's not often (in fact, it's very rare) that I can picture a specific actor when I'm reading, but Ethan Peck is my perfect Jonah!


  1. I've heard soooo many good things about Jonah! I still have to read this book but every time someone uses him as a MBF, it makes me want to read it even more!

  2. Aaaaaaaah I NEED to read this book! I need to get some Jonah action for myself! Nice pick :D

  3. JONAH!!! I can imagine this guy without hair for Jonah! I love the quote from the car!!!

  4. PS Loving your darker Halloween look! :) Great job!

  5. Fun post idea! Jonah was definitely one of my most favorite book boys. :) I can never imagine actors when I read books, but that guy is a good choice.

  6. I still havent read the book but he sounds like the perfect boyfriend

  7. No matter how many Jonah Griggs posts I see I always have to read every single word of each one. GAH, I adore that character so, so much. Well obviously the whole BOOK. *must re-read*

  8. I have this book sitting on my shelf I need to read it soon.

  9. OMG! I'm so in love with Jonah Griggs! I really am. He is incredible. I loved it when he said, "My brother is my god."

    How freaking awesome and swoon-worthy was that line. I am seriously considering naming my first born after him.

    Perfect casting for Jonah. Thanks for the quotes. Makes me want to re-read the book

  10. Jonah is a pretty cute hottie! I haven't read this book but it does sound interesting :)


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