[BOOK] Belzhar AUTHOR Meg Wolitzer Ø Meg Wolitzer – xermadeenfotos.org
Eg upon looking closely at the coverso this is about sad kidsDING DING DING greg wins the summarize a book by its cover gameand i liked it a lot at the beginning am short for On the Edge jamaica is a sixteen year old girl whose boyfriend the british exchange student reeve maxfield sooo not in love with the names of characters in this book died forty one days after they met where roughly only half of those days constituted the span of their relationship a year has passed andam is in no way over her grief she fetishizes this tiny Therese Raquin jar ofam get it he gave her she mopes around the house staying in bed for days wearing the same clothes avoiding her friends skipping school and making gloomy pronouncements like this one in a conversation with her twelve year old brother It ll suck without you in the houseYou d better get used to it I said to him Our childhood together is pretty much overThat s mean he saidBut it s true And then eventually I went on one of us will die And the other one will have to go to the funeral And give a speechdude bleakthe reason she s moving out of the house is that she is being sent to vermont to attend the wooden barn a therapeutic boarding school for emotionally fragile highly intelligent students where they can recover from the lingering effects of trauma am is one of five students chosen to be in a class called special topics in english an extremely selective course taught periodically by the formidable mrs uenell around which and whom mysterious rumors have always swirled former students have claimed the class was life changing but have always been very secretive about why or how or what the class even studied and am s about to find out but first she s going to moon on and on about her dead boyfriend and her pain actually although i snark i didn t mind this part i thought it was a very authentic description of a teenager losing their first love as brief as it was time is different for teenagers and the length of a relationship is in no way commensurate to the emotions it inspires and her attraction to reeve made sense a shy and uiet good girl being seduced by no than an accent a slouch and some skinny black Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science jeans i loved that she described his voice as having a scrape to it i loved this paragraph He looked like a member of one of those British punk bands from the eighties that my dad still loves and whose albums he keeps in special plastic sleeves because he s positive they re going to be worth a lot of money someday Once I looked up one of my dad s most prized albums on eBay and saw that someone had bid sixteen cents for it which for some reason made me want to cryi thought that was a great detail becauseam is at that age where she is transitioning from a child s whole world love for her parents to feeling sorry for them and protective of them but back to reeve always back to reeve she spends her time remembering each and every conversation they ever had greedily sucking the marrow from each precious memory but she never talks about the day he died or how it happened in a school full of emotionally fraught teenagers i mean than your run of the mill emotionally fraught teenagers everyone is very respectful of each others pasts and secrets and some are open than others about disclosing how they ended up at the wooden barnjam is friendly with her roommate dj but once she begins attending her special topics in english class and its mysterious life changing experiences begin to manifest she bonds in a much cultish way with the other students in the class marc casey griffin and sierra as the year goes on extraordinary things begin to happen to them things that can only be discussed with each other on the first day of class mrs uenell enigmatically reuests that they look out for one another and that s exactly what they do sharing their past and current experiences and being there for each other in that always to me effective breakfast club scenario some of the difficulties i had were with the disparity of the characters trauma now i know grief operates on a sliding scale and everyone has different emotional responses to their experiences but pitting casey s history against marc s it s not even in the same ballpark it s not even the same sport and when A Ved Mehta Reader jam s REVEAL is REVEALED at first it s kind of awesome i gotta sayust because of the shock of it all and there s that wonderful experience of readjusting your reader thinking and doing that whole okay so where does that leave us reevaluation but once i was steadied i gotta admit i was much less sympathetic to am and that might make me a monster but rereading the earlier parts of the book i find that my bafflement perfectly aligns with the bafflement of am s former friends so i think i m okay most of my other niggles were minor and involve too many plot specifics to be useful here one positive note view spoiler i loved the detail that nothing in belzhar could occur that hadn t happened in the real world and i absolutely loved the gradual distancing she experienced with reeve how she was moving on in life while he was stayin. Ored 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.
If you re already skeptical about a person someone being in deep dark mourning lasting a year over someone they knew for only a few weeks then this is definitely not going to be a book for you Although normally that would put me off I really really wanted this book to work Considering Wolitzer is well established in adult literary fiction I suppose I figured she was likely to have a shot at creating a truly wrenching story of lost love even if that love was so brief There were a couple of clear ways this scenario could work and I was curious to see if Wolitzer would pull it off She didn t Everything about this story is surface level only There is no depth of emotion no character development limited growth stunted pacing and one hell of an obnoxious ending that had me going Seriously Full review at The Midnight Garden Forced predictable patronizing trite Just no I have never been so disappointed in an author I kept reading hoping she would redeem herself Nope It is astonishing how mediocre and immature this book is Wolitzer is supposedly a writer of some critical acclaim so how could she write something so poor The plot itself is ok I guess a bunch of students with various psychological problems are learning to deal with them by experiencing their issues in a sort of hypnotic world of Belzhar really But EVERYTHING about this story is superficial exploration of grief and guilt portrayal of first loveobsession and mental illness even teaching and critical reading of Plath is extremely simplisticBarely managed to skim through this 45 I was sent this book by Penguinteen in exchange for an honest reviewYou know those books where you ust go into them expecting ehhh but come out of them like holy heck this was amazing and changed my mind set yeah well this was one of those books for me I found out this novel is greatly inspired by Sylvia Plath s book Bell Jar which I have not read but now really really want to We follow Jam a young girl whose first love died She s struggling with her situation and is put in a boarding school for fragile highly intelligent teens In her english class they re given ournals to write in and when they begin to write in them they re transported to Belzhar an idyllic world At first I was not liking the main character because it seemed like she was one of the many YA main characters who feel like they re nothing without a boy but there s actual reasoning behind why she feels this wayI enjoyed all the side characters and their stories The author did such an amazing ob with showing the many different types of losesI loved the setting of the english class and how close all the students got through writing and sharing their experiences Belzhar was truly magical It s definitely a book that I ll be thinking about for sometimeCANT WAIT TO MEET MEG WOLITZER FRIDAY It took me months to get through this one I kept forgetting I was even reading it so let s ust say it wasn t a memorable read for me It is uniue don t get me wrong but I ust didn t really care about any of these characters Then when the magical element got introduced it made the book even less interesting not as I had hopedOk so let s start with this premise After her boyfriend dies Jam gets sent to boarding school for troubled teens and in one of her classes she s given a ournal that to her surprise sends her to a magical place whenever she writes in it This place is free of pain and heartache it s a world where the tragedy that brought them to this school has not happened Although this might sound cheesy I thought it was a really creative premise with tons of potential I expected a lot of depth and soul searching but instead I found myself getting bored while we did nothing but skim the surface emotionally The characters themselves were not bad but they weren t especially interesting either This deep bond that apparently connected them was brought up so much it only made it feel forced So in turn I uickly grew frustrated with it allThis might ust be my being used to extreme emotional situations in the books I read but I couldn t stop from rolling my eyes at a few aspect in this story Look at this class of people for instance a handful of teens selected from a pool of damaged kids because the teacher thought they needed special help to get through this difficult time One is there because she was in an accident and got paralyzed another is there because she s blaming herself for her brother s disappearance and then we have this guy who s there because he found out his father cheated Oh and also because he s now getting Cs instead of As Umm ok That sucks and everything but that hardly makes you a tragedy Another instance that made me roll my eyes until they hurt I unfortunately can t talk about It s the big reveal of what really happened during the last day of Jam s boyfriend s life And oh my freaking word you are not freaking kidding me Kudos for being unpredictable at leastThen there were added details and sub plots in the book that were not really necessary and only distracted from the main storyline The. 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 boa.
A cappella thing the whole deal with her brother s snarkychanged behaviour a freaking doe giving birth Why I get that it can help to develop characters and give them a realistic life with family dynamics and such but it ust felt like pointless plot additions in this case All in all Belzhar is an intriguing read one that uses anticipation and curiosity in a way that makes you want to keep reading to find out the truth With that said despite my problems with it I do think it deserves 3 stars It simply falls short emotionally and failed to live up to my expectations at the end An advance copy was provided by the publisher for reviewFor of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads 35 stars Reading this so soon after having read Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar for the first time was an interesting experience If you can t tell from the title Wolitzer pulls heavily from Plath s novel but I wouldn t say this story is necessarily a remake or rip off of the originalIn Belzhar we follow Jam Gallahue a sixteen year old girl who is sent to a school for students with issues whether they suffer from emotional physical or psychological trauma On her first day at The Wooden Barn the school Jam finds out she s in a class called Special Topics in English a class that is only taught when the professor Mrs feels like teaching it and only for a select group of students Jam along with four other students at the school is selected to participate and read Plath s novel and poetry over the course of one semesterThroughout the course of the novel and the students semester we come to learn about each character to see them deal with their trauma and grow close to one another Alongside that is a plot surrounding something called Belzhar which I won t disclose in this review But it s a uniue and satisfying premise that relies enough on Plath s original work to introduce the themes but does most of the heavy lifting itself to develop each character their growth and ultimately t This story makes a mockery of love emotional integrity and mental illness and it s glamoured by unmagical magical realism a sophisticated literary style and a twist upon which everything else hinges I despise feeling manipulated much as many of the characters in this book would if they had any sense especially when the plot and writing are not particularly remarkable and when the characters and relationships are so incredibly shallow and meaningless There s an attempt to interject a point to the story in the end I suppose but it s only a footnote to this elaborate heartless exercise in writing techniue An advance copy was provided by the publisher PS our own Kim wrote a thorough real review with spoilers detailing why the twist is so very problematic here also very much like karen s balanced and very kind review Incredible I inhaled this It is like a dream It is LITERALLY like a dream and like a dream you cannot put it down Sad fascinating funny profound real See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsI originally rated this 25 stars but screw it it s been almost 2 months since I read this and I m still majorly pissed off Lowered to 2 stars Belzhar is a very difficult book for me to review I ve been sitting here in front of my laptop for than half an hour The Story of Our Lives just fuming and raging inside because of this book Because I cannot talk about the consust yet let me Chosen by the Lieutenant (Regency Brides of Convenience just tell you guys what this book is aboutThis book is about Jam Jam s full name is Jamaica and yep her parents named her after the place where she was conceived As amusing as that is Belzhar is not an amusing book It is a dark and profound for one of the first things we find out about our main character is that she was in love with Reeve Maxfield and he died Jam soon becomes inconsolable and her parents end up sending her to The Wooden Barn which is a school for teens who are emotionally fragile highly intelligent At The Wooden Barn Jam finds out that she s been chosen to be i had a very medium response to this book i m conflicted about a number of its different elements annoyedperplexed by others but also pretty impressed by the big reveal s ability to genuinely surprise me however that initial pleasantly surprised feeling morphed into additionally conflicted feelings once i processed the turn so it s all aumble of contradictory and confusing feelingswhich means i am in the same emotional state as all the characters in this book so let s call it a 35 for thatthis book has several components that are real karen grabbers smart troubled kids at boarding school secret history ish situation magical elements creeping into the everyday this is ordinarily the way to my heart and since after reading How To Be a Heroine i d decided to give The Bell Jar another chance to win me over it seemed timely to read this since the title of this book is meant to be pronounced like bell ar it led to a couple of confusing conversations oh you re reading The Bell Jar no i m reading bellzzjjjhhar that s what i said oh the hilarity of miscommunicationhere s another fun conversation i had about this book this one with gr. Rding 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 ournal writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar where the untainted past is rest.
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BOOK Belzhar AUTHOR Meg Wolitzer Ø Meg Wolitzer – xermadeenfotos.org
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings The Uncoupling The Ten Year Nap The Position The Wife and Sleepwalking She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar Wolitzer lives in New York City