Book Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

20821376Title: Belzhar
Author: Meg Wolitzer
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher/BEA
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Comtemporary/Fantasy

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.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

 

I devoured this book in one day! I found myself so immerseed in the story that it was really hard for me to put the book down. Meg Wolitzer made me weep like a big baby with this story. I felt connected with every character and their story. They all felt very real to me and I also felt their sadness and sorrow. This book is profound and intense, with a big twist and a storyline that will make your jaw hit the floor. I know because it happened to me. 

Jam, our main character, is unique. Her story itself is unique. All we know is that her boyfriend died, but we don't know when and how. Her grief is very real, almost palpable. It made my heart ache, but I loved how throughout the story she was able to fight her grief.  She come to peace with herself and move on with her life. 

Overall the book is quick paced with enough drama to keep your attention. It has that big twist that gives the story a unique touch. I was never bored, in the contrary, I never wanted the story to end. I inhaled the book and was very pleased with the outcome. It made me sad, it made me cry, it made my heart ache, but in the end, it taught me to live every day like it is my last, and to love and cherish every moment. I highly recommend this wonderful story. 


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