Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

This book unfolds as the students in Mrs. Quenell's Special Topics English class are transported back in time to relive the traumatic incidents that lead to their placement at The Wooden Barn when they write in their journals. These journals act as a portal, leading them back in time to the incident that forever changed each of their lives. 

Each of the characters had an emotional story and I was immediately pulled in to each and every story. And I love, love, love the tie to Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

Meg's writing is beautiful and engaging and this book had me on the edge of my seat wondering how each of the stories was going to wrap up.

The ending was surprising to me. And I didn't particularly love the ending to Jam's story. But the book was so well written and such an emotional read for me, that it didn't matter.

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