“Expect depth and razor sharp wit in this YA novel from the author of The Interestings.” – Entertainment Weekly “A prep school tale with a supernatural- romance. Early in Meg Wolitzer’s acclaimed novel “The Interestings,” two boys at summer In “Belzhar,” her second novel for young readers — after the. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer – review. ‘Belzhar is a mind-blowing read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from cover to cover’. Ayesha. Thu 19 Feb.

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She is also the inspiration behind Belzharthe new young adult novel from author Meg Wolitzer.

Ninth Grade Slays 2. Jun 14, Jen Blair rated it did not like it. Their sullenness begins to fade, their delusions beozhar, their confidence grows. You are signed up. An exceptional teacher –and community, this story has heart-soul-and is deeply satisfying!

Book review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

I also very much like karen’s more balanced–and very kind–review. Another instance that made me roll my eyes until they hurt, I unfortunately can’t talk about. Jam soon finds out, though, that as nice as it is to mrg back together with Reeve, nothing new can happen – only the same old stuff that wolitzsr already happened. The jar was sacred to me, and I deposited it in my top dresser drawer and covered it carefully with a mess of bras and underwear and an old Tweety Bird nightshirt.

Her friendships provide her with an opportunity to demystify a strange experience. View all 3 comments. May 15, Kim rated it did not like mfg Shelves: Because Jam and her friends are all accessing alternate realities, and because they establish a routine where they meet once a week to discuss their encounters, Jam bonds with her peers. While the class discussions on Plath push them to approach reality in a new way, the students are thrown into their past through the journals.


I felt sorry for him that he was wolifzer an only child now.

To Night Owl From Dogfish From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.

I love this story about view spoiler [ mental illness hide spoiler ] and the power of literature, of words, of writing, and of believing in things you do and do not have control of. We have a lot to accomplish. Belzhar is a restricted dimension, a dystopic utopia. That he no longer had a normal older sister.

I finished it extremely quickly and am pleased to say that it was worth the depressing nature of it – it ended up being a greatly refreshing and awe-inspiring read.

However, the story didn’t delve as deeply into character devel I appreciate what Wolitzer has to say about the past, how holding on to a memory or an event and not moving on keeps us from fully living.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer – review

The students are transported to Wolitser whenever they write in their journals, which is kind of like a state of mind where past experiences lie.

Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? After her boyfriend dies, Jam gets sent to boarding school for troubled teens, and in one of her classes she’s given a journal that, to her surprise, sends her to a magical place whenever she writes in it. And give a speech. From my trunk, I took out the jar of Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry Preserve, bepzhar jam that Reeve had given me the night we first kissed, and I held the cool glass cylinder in my hand for a moment.

So many of us can identify with the feelings, if perhaps not the situations, that Jam and her classmates are dealing with. No more visits, no more snickerdoodles. I would recommend this book to any teenager who is really into English Literature or to anyone who wants to read an interesting novel really.


How much of reality is our own invention? Each trip to Belzhar is rooted in an event that occurred before Jam lost Reeve. I was also deeply inspired, much like the kids of Special Topics, by Mrs. Join the site and send us your review! Want to Read Bekzhar Reading Read. My friends stopped coming.

No trivia or quizzes yet. My love for reading has been discovered. Bumming me out even further was the fact that the Sylvia Plath angle was really superficial.

Meg Wolitzer – Belzhar – Trade Paperback

They gradually share their stories of pain. Sure, I felt incredibly sorry for them and I was thoroughly intrigued by their pasts and what led them to end up at The Wooden Barn, but if they died randomly, I wouldn’t have blinked any eye. Inspired by Your Browsing History. To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining The Dragon Ridge Tombs.

I take the bar and wolf it down, though it tastes like old compacted dirt shot through with little bits of gravel.

Jam and Reeve met most of the time in Belzhar kissing, talking, playing out scenes that have already happened. All of it has been planted strategically for so-called emergencies. I think I would have loved it as a teenager, too! Reeve was the most special thing that ever happened to me. Mar 03, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it.