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Belzhar

by Meg Wolitzer

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month

LoveReading View on Belzhar

From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzhar is a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

Belzhar Synopsis

I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'.

Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own story.

 

Belzhar Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Rose Heathcote - 'This book was amazing; I couldn't put it down and read it in a day.  There was an unexpected magic element to the book but the main story was about loss and heartbreak.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Duffy - 'Meg Woltizer’s novel is utterly gripping. Her characters are memorable and well written, and their struggles are handled in a sensitive and honest manner.' Read full review >
  • Destiny Maraj - 'Belzhar was cleverly written with fantastic description which made the story come to life. It has been one of the best books I've ever read!' Read full review >
  • Poppy - 'I thought that Belzhar was really gripping and inventive, although some of it was a bit dark, it was still really enjoyable.' Read full review >
  • John Redfern – Benfield School 'It was a slow start, but then it got better.  I wanted to know what had happened to Reeve which was so bad that his girlfriend ended up needing psychological help, this kept me reading.' Read full review >
  • Farah Alam - 'Belzhar is an interesting read. It remains to be a reminder of how when something awful happens, that you don't just stop living.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson- 'This book contains action, adventure, romance and tragedy...Other people may love it but it wasn't my cup of tea.' Read full review >

Belzhar Press Reviews

'Sure to be an all-too-relatable bestseller' TIME Magazine

 

'Wolitzer writes crisply and sometimes humorously about sadness, guilt, and anger' Publishers Weekly

 

‘Love, loss, belonging and acceptance, with a dash of magical realism. I loved it’ The Bookseller

 

‘The plot maintains an integrity that has come to be hallmark of Wolitzer’s novels . . . An enticing blend of tragedy, poetry, surrealism and redemption’ Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 9781471123764
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471123764
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Author: Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, most recently The Uncoupling ('tingles with playfulness and wicked observation' Independent) and The Wife ('has you howling with recognition' Allison Pearson), The Position ('one of the best and most human books I've read all year' Erica Wagner) and The Ten-Year Nap ('as incisive and pitiless and clear-eyed a chronicler of female-male tandems as Philip Roth or John Updike' Chicago Tribune). She is married with two sons and lives in New York City.

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