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Belzhar
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
38 posts | 73 read | 51 to read
I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jarand keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own story. From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzharis a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance. Entertainment Weekly's YA book of 2014 TIME Magazine's Top Ten YA of 2014 Kobo's best of 2014 Amazon's best books of 2014 'A story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice.' Kirkus Reviews 'A welcome attack on continuing to live in the past at the expense of the presentDry humour accompanies each journey in this readable novel, already selling well in America and deservedly so' Independent'Breathtaking' Glamourmagazine 'Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing' New York Times'An engaging fable about literature's healing power'Financial Times
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Purrfectpages
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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What an unexpected surprise @Jas16 ! And what a way to step up the #jb game! I can‘t thank you enough! Have you ever read this yourself? Do you only read physical books or do you read ebooks as well?

Sallyo5 So very pretty 🙏 12mo
Jas16 Glad it arrived safely. I have read it and hope you enjoy it. I read both ebooks and physical books but please don‘t think that you need to reciprocate! 12mo
Purrfectpages @Jas16 you never know what‘s in store... we have a long year ahead of us! 😉 (edited) 12mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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StellarDoc
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Reading until I fall asleep. #Ash has a head start. #CatsOfLitsy

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StellarDoc
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Waiting for a special Mother's Day screening of Book Club with @dgingo (who is not my mother, nor am I hers).

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MirrorMask
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Just finished listening to Belzhar and my feelings are mixed.
I loved the book up to the end. Jam is sent to The Wooden Barn to help her cope with the trauma she suffered a year ago. While there she attends a very exclusive class called Special Topics, and a close bond occurs between the 5 students. The book had me there because I'm a sucker for anything Breakfast Club-esque. Where it lost me was the reveal for the source of Jam's trauma.

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
MirrorMask @asiriusreader Thanks! I really appreciate the Litsy community. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 2y
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StellarDoc
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Killing time before A Quiet Place.

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StellarDoc
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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And then I went to the library. . .

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emilyhaldi
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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I bought this for $1 on #bookoutlet bc of the author, knowing nothing else about it. I later learned that it's a YA #homage to Plath's The Bell Jar (hence the title, pronounced "BEL-jhar")... Who knew? ??‍♀️ thinking that I might still give it a try bc of the Plath references, even if I am not a YA fan....
#aprella

Reviewsbylola Hmmm lmk how it is!! 2y
mrp27 This one is on my tbr I'm curious to know your thoughts when you are done. 2y
Meredith3 Hated the belljar 🙄😳🙃 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Mehso-so

This story follows Jam, who is sent to The Wooden Barn to help her cope with her boyfriends death. There she is enrolled into a english class where she makes friend with the other four students. They are assigned to read The Bell Jar and write in there journal. Soon enough they are all experiencing something magical.

The big twist in the book surprised me but made me mad and kind of feel cheated.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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readsusieread
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Bath bombs and Belzhar.

Hoping to get my reading groove back (after #24in48 readathon and a busy work week). #currentlyreading

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readsusieread
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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I wanted to start something new for the #24in48readathon. Taste tested several books around my house and this one called to me! #24in48

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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I‘m pretty sure all the bad reviews are because the “big reveal” at the end was a little disappointing, but sometimes mental illness just doesn‘t make sense, okay? Okay.

And even if the big reveal was a bit of a letdown, the rest of the book is good enough to compensate. I‘m glad I read it.

Also, if you‘re suffering with any kind of mental illness, please get help. It gets better and the world needs you. 💗💗💗

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer

I‘m glad I finally got around to reading this, especially since I recently read The Bell Jar.

At first I thought it was odd that a class of emotionally fragile teens were given The Bell Jar to read, but then again, I‘m suffering a depressive episode right now and this depressing book is making me feel better, oddly enough. Maybe there‘s something to it!

Either way, I‘m glad I found it & I‘m excited about the new Wolitzer book coming out soon.

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GirlMeetsBook
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Pickpick

I didn‘t think I would love this book as much as I did. It explores some deep ideas about depression, mental illness, and the power of the written word to allow us to consider our lives and reality. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JoRead That title alone draws you in but your review made it better 🖒🏻 2y
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CuriousG
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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For a change I wasn't even looking to buy anything but got these 3 beauties (all in hardcover) for SIX dollars!! Actually the total was $6.30 with tax...Belzhar was on sale for $1.00. Ridiculous, but SCORE! 💃 #bookhaul #bargainbooks

Notafraidofwords I read Home a few years back & absolutely loved it! 2y
CuriousG @Notafraidofwords It's one of the few Toni Morrison books I don't already own, so I'm prettt excited to read it/add it to the collection! Have you read any others? 2y
Notafraidofwords @CuriousG yes. This one. Tar Baby and Sula. Sula is one of my favorite books of all time. 2y
CuriousG @Notafraidofwords I have Tar Baby but haven't read it yet. I agree that Sula is amazing! Since you loved it, I think you would probably love Song of Solomon & Paradise too. And of course Beloved...who am I kidding, just read them all. Lol 2y
Notafraidofwords @CuriousG totally will. I own most of her books and I have watched most of her YouTube videos. She's amazing. 2y
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EmilyAnne
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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I will say this was a very quick and easy read. BUT. The portrayal of mental illness was almost offensive. The MC obviously has some issues but is expected to resolve them mainly through an English class discussing Sylvia Plath. There was really no character development and it just fell flat for me. 😕

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Eryn2513
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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This book is kicking me in the feels tonight.

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Eryn2513
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Saturday morning activities: woke up with a flat tire (thanks village hooligans!) but it's all going to be ok because I have my books, friends to write to, candlelight, Harry Potter, my mutts and I am still breathing. Hope all you littens have a delightful weekend also! (Mug and bookmark by the wonderfully talented @DrawnToThePages check out her Etsy shop! It's my favorite!!! 😁)

litmuggle I love that cup 3y
Eryn2513 @litmuggle yessss, it's one of my absolute favorites!!! @DrawnToThePages makes them :-) 3y
DrawnToThePages Aww thank you 😘😘😘 3y
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Eryn2513
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Back to work today, and reading two books that are really quite different. I can't imagine reading two books more different simultaneously, unless I was reading Lea DeLaria's book and "The Art of the Deal," possibly. Ick. But I am enjoying both so far, Lea is hilariously frank, and "Belzhar" feels like I'm reading on eggshells so far. Tantalizingly, interesting eggshells.

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Codex213
Belzhar | Wolitzer Meg
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Great book. It drives into the sometime too real world of depression with characters that are relatable and issues that can hit below the belt. An emotional read, but well worth it.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀 Hope you enjoy it here! 3y
Codex213 Thank you!! 3y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Mehso-so

I was a little put off by the main character and her motivation. But as the book progressed and the plot got moving, I fell into it. Only pick this one up if you have a high tolerance for whining.

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JacintaMCarter
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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I wish I was at my apartment so I could include a picture of the tiny dent in my wall this book left when I #ThrewItAcrossTheRoom. I was totally into this book until the very end. I feel like she completely tore apart the main character's development and made her completely unsympathetic within the last couple chapters. #PhotoADayNov16

Lauren.Archer Totally agree with you. I hate when an author ruins a perfectly good story with the last couple of chapters. 3y
GirlMeetsBook I tried but could not get into this book at all! 3y
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Bry
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

If I had read this as a teenager, I would have LOVED it. Fifteen years later, it was still a fun book but I thought some of the more serious plot lines were resolved a bit too simplistically.

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witchyreader13
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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14, count them, 14 books stacked on the floor next to my bed. I need to sort them and put away the ones I've finished. The tower is sure to topple soon!

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HollyB3
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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This may be a bit of a stretch for #funphotofriday. It takes place in a school though. This was actually my first audiobook.

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TeR
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

#funfridayphoto
Here we follow Jam as she explores special topics in English at a small boarding school in Vermont. Good read📚😄

LeahBergen I'm looking forward to this one! 3y
PenguinInFlight I love the cover! 3y
Lakesidemusing Loved this one! 3y
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RememberedTales
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

I think this handles the topic of trauma and the various ways teens handle trauma quite well. It's unapologetic in its approach that people sometimes struggle and it works through the grieving process while also displaying hope. Easy and quick read.

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Literati86
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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This book was surprisingly lovely. It has a strange little twist and is sprinkled with a little magic realism which I absolutely love. But, reader be warned, this book is also heartbreaking.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Readage
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Reading & Listening

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Cberbs
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer

I'm in a reading drought lately. I can't find anything to keep me reading. I just started Belzhar yesterday. #hopethisisgood

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Cityofamber
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

This was a really quick read. But I liked it. Also the ending, didn't see that coming! 😱

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Cityofamber
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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"Everyone has something to say. But not everyone can bear to say it. Your job is to find a way"

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Keryntalia
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

Zoomed through this in a single setting - a much slighter book than The Interestings but still, well, interesting. Wolitzer is great at sketching out interesting characters quickly & prose had her trademark zip, though I felt the ending was perhaps too pat & telegraphed for me.

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Aloyacano
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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The best kind of Saturday morning: a cozy blanket, creamy earl grey, a fresh apricot rosemary scone, and a new book.

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fairybookmother
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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Pickpick

Interesting look at a young girl dealing with the after-effects of an obsessive relationship. I feel like we usually see these girls through the eyes of others, so it's interesting to see this from the obsessive girl's point of view!

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ZoeSelina
Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
Bailedbailed

I tried, but only made it to the end of chapter two before I bailed. This might appeal more to a US audience, but I found the European stereotyping irksome (and not even correct). There were tense/continuity errors too. All this in the first few pages meant I just couldn't enjoy it.