Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

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.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss. (Summary from

I was an English major. I love Sylvia Plath and her novel The Bell Jar.

This book is about a bunch of messed up kids in an English class who are reading The Bell Jar.

This was my kind of book.

At the beginning of the book, all you know is that Jam is starting at a new school, a school for people who need special attention because they've been through tough experiences. You learn that Jam had a boyfriend and that her boyfriend, Reeve, died. What you don't know though, is how Reeve died. Though Jam constantly thinks of Reeve and how much she misses him, she continues to keep the nature of his death a secret.

When she's put into a Special Topics in English class, the teacher tells her and the other students that they will be reading The Bell Jar and writing in a journal as they read...but when they go to write in the journal, something weird happens. Jam sees Reeve, and he's as alive as the day they met. When she talks to the other students, she discovers that they all experienced strange things as well.

For some weird reason, I like books with unreliable narrators. Maybe because it makes it more of a mystery. I like books that I have to figure out, and this was definitely one of those.

If you're a book nerd or you like books that focus on mental health issues, you should read this book!

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