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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.573792
Entertainment Weekly’s Best YA Book of 2014
TIME magazine Top YA of 2014

"Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing." — The New York Times Book Review

There’s a place where the lost go to be found.

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, signed up for an exclusive, supposedly life-changing class called Special Topics in English that focuses—only and entirely—on the works of Sylvia Plath.

But life isn’t fair. Reeve has been gone for almost a year and Jam is still mourning.

When a journal-writing assignment leads Jam into a mysterious other world she and her classmates call Belzhar, she discovers a realm where the untainted past is restored, and she can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But, as the pages of her journal begin to fill up, Jam must to confront hidden truths and ultimately decide what she’s willing to sacrifice 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.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 30, 2014 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0525423052
ISBN-13: 9780525423058
1 Book Review
  • rozeb
    rozebover 6 years55 starsFeatured
    This book has literally changed my life it is so good. This book follows the life of Jam, a girl whose boyfriend died very suddenly, and no one knows how or why. Reeve was the love of her life, and they were only together for 41 days. So Jam is so depressed, she stops seeing all her friends, and completely shuts off from the rest of the world. So Jam's parents make the decision to send Jam to the Wooden Barn, a place for kids who are "fragile." She gets placed in Special Topics English, which, according to her roommate, DJ (who has a problem with food) is really rare, and last year wasn't even offered at all because, according to the teacher. Thry spend the semester studying the works of Sylvia Plath, and are given journals to write in twice every week. But what the small class of Special Topics English don't know is the journals are magical...