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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.
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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'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
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
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.More About Meg Wolitzer