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Nov 17 2014

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

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Simon and Schuster, 2014. ISBN: 9781471123764
If life was fair for Jam Gallahue she would still be living at home with her parents and spending time with her British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. But life isn't fair. Reeve is dead and Jam is sent off to the Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school. Jam is placed in Special Topics in English where the previous students placed in this class are miraculously stable once more. Jam and four other students are the only people to be enrolled in this class and given journals that they are to write in everyday. Jam must face her past and the mysteries that are hidden there.
I found it difficult to read Belzhar and even harder to actually keep reading except for the fact that I really wanted to know what happen to Reeve and see if Jam would get better. I felt for Jam, really I did, but I could not sympathise with her. I did love the way Wolitzer wrote the relationships with the fellow students and Jam at the boarding school and that made the book in my opinion.
Cecilia Richards

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