BelzharbyMegWolitzerWritten by Meg Wolitzer

I almost finished this in one sitting, it was so captivating. Certainly once Jam slips into the other universe, Belzhar, I couldn’t put the book down. A fine collection of wounded souls are collected at a special school for high school students who have suffered some kind of trauma in their lives and need to be in a more therapeutic surrounding for a while. The English teacher guides them through discussions of The Bell Jar and Sylvia Plath. But at night, in their journal writings they can revisit their moments before the trauma. I was a little dismayed that the narrator, Jam, was an unreliable witness. She lies about her own trauma. But in discussing this book with another reader, she and I decided high school girls really are able to work themselves into a totally depressed state over something that seems trivial to adults.
It is very well written and a good look into the kinds of trauma our youth may be suffering.

Review by Kaydean Judy, Granger High School Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

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Written by Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Juvenile
264 pages
Release Date: September 30th 2014
ISBN: 9780525423058 (hardcover)

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