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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 love obsession and mental illness, even teach 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 love obsession and mental illness, even teaching and critical reading of Plath is extremely simplistic Barely managed to skim through this (((READ EPUB))) ↴ Belzhar ⇺ 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 FromNew York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance 3.5 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 original.In 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 B 3.5 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 original.In 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 Q, 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 semester.Throughout the course of the novel and the students semester, we come to learnabout 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 unique 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 their conclusions.I found Jam s situation to be the least compelling from the outside compared to the other students in her class, but because we see everything through her eyes, I came to really enjoy her narrative It could ve easily become something off putting, but Wolitzer manages to create a vivid character that you can root for.It s not the most mind blowing book ever, but if you re a fan of Plath or at least have read The Bell Jar before, I can definitely recommend this one It s got a great diverse cast of characters without feeling like it s checking off boxes, and they each have an important story to tell perhaps you ll find one that you can relate to Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsI originally rated this 2.5 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 forthan half an hour just fuming and raging inside because of this book Because I cannot talk about the cons just yet, let me just tell you guys what this book is about.This book is about Jam Jam s full name is Ja Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsI originally rated this 2.5 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 forthan half an hour just fuming and raging inside because of this book Because I cannot talk about the cons just yet, let me just tell you guys what this book is about.This 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 part of Mrs Quenell s Special Topics in English class This is an extremely selective and arguably elite course where only a handful of students around 5 are selected to partake each year Jam s roommate, DJ, tells her that all the students who took Mrs Quenell s course in the previous years came out claiming that their lives had been changed forever, but no one outside the class really knows how and those who were in the class never seemed to divulge much So on the first day of her class, Jam is skeptical Soon, she and the other students in her small class are handed a red leather notebook, and what they don t know is how much that notebook will change their lives.Let s talk about the prose because it was one of the things I loved most here Meg Wolitzer s writing skills are clearly not lacking While I didn t have the best experience with this novel of her s, I am definitely going to check out her previous books Her writing, though rather simplistic, was coated in honesty and bleakness and some of these moments in this novel hit really close to home for me And I also know that pain can seem like an endless ribbon You pull it and you pull it You keep gathering it toward you, and as it collects, you really can t believe that there s something else at the end of it Something that isn t justpain.One of my two issues I had this book was the superficiality of the characters and their relationships I didn t manage to gain any emotional bond with any of the characters Sure, I felt incredibly sorry for them and I was thoroughly intrigued by their pasts and what led them to end up at The Wooden Barn, but if they died randomly, I wouldn t have blinked any eye What wasof a problem, for me, were the relationships romantic and platonic I totally didn t get why Jam and Griffin ended up smooching during this book I mean, it was completely unnecessary and only took up pages when it shouldn t have Jam was trying to deal with the repercussions of her boyfriend s death, for god s sake This is just another classic example in YA books where someone meets someone else to help them move on As for Jam and Sierra s friendship, it felt incredibly abrupt One minute Sierra is completely closed off the next minute they re BFFs Please, just no.If I hadn t read the ending of this novel, I would give this book around 3 stars While I had issues with the characters and relationships, I loved the writing and the plot line especially the Belzhar otherworld aspect Unfortunately, the ending to Belzhar exists and I read it And now, I fully regret it I m hiding this following part in spoiler tags to discuss why I hated the ending so much view spoiler I have two things to say about this ending 1 I am so so angry with the ending I feel cheated and manipulated into trying to feeling sorry for a girl who got obsessed with a guy who was so obviously not into her And 2 It s rather evident that Jam is delusional No, I don t mean it in the joking way, I m saying that Jam had a Delusional Disorder Yes, that is a thing I actually didn t know myself about this until I searched it up on the web and it s a mental illness with many different subcategories I am really annoyed that the author didn t bother to fully address Jam s circumstances Her delusion NEEDED to be taken note of because it s something that happens to real people as well and brushing it off like that has kept me quite pissed off for the past few hours If you re going to deal with mental illness in a book, do it the right way hide spoiler From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance This is what the blurb says, and let me tell you now this is not a story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance This is anything but those three things this was an incredibly shallow story for one that first felt profound, and it really is a shame for me to say I will say that this book was surprising, like the blurb notes, though I did not see that ending coming, but that doesn t mean I liked it anyfor that reasonThank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy 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 took me months to get through this one, I kept forgetting I was even reading it, so let s just say it wasn t a memorable read for me It is unique, don t get me wrong, but I just didn t really care about any of these characters Then when the magical element got introduced, it made the book even less interesting, notas I had hoped.Ok 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 jo It took me months to get through this one, I kept forgetting I was even reading it, so let s just say it wasn t a memorable read for me It is unique, don t get me wrong, but I just didn t really care about any of these characters Then when the magical element got introduced, it made the book even less interesting, notas I had hoped.Ok 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 journal 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 quickly grew frustrated with it all.This might just 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 least.Then there were added details and sub plots in the book that were not really necessary and only distracted from the main storyline The a cappella thing, the whole deal with her brother s snarky changed 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 just 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 review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads 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 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 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. 4.5 I was sent this book by Penguinteen in exchange for an honest review.You know those books where you just 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 4.5 I was sent this book by Penguinteen in exchange for an honest review.You know those books where you just 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 journals 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 way.I enjoyed all the side characters and their stories The author did such an amazing job with showing the many different types of loses.I 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 sometime.CANT WAIT TO MEET MEG WOLITZER FRIDAY