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Entertainment Weekly's Best YA Book of 2014
TIME magazine Top YA of 2014 "Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing." --The New York Times Book Review There's a place where the lost go to be found. 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, signed up for an exclusive, supposedly life-changing class called Special Topics in English that focuses--only and entirely--on the works of Sylvia Plath. But life isn't fair. Reeve has been gone for almost a year and Jam is still mourning. When a journal-writing assignment leads Jam into a mysterious other world she and her classmates call Belzhar, she discovers a realm where the untainted past is restored, and she can feel Reeve's arms around her once again. But, as the pages of her journal begin to fill up, Jam must to confront hidden truths and ultimately decide what she's willing to sacrifice 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • 0525423052
  • 9780525423058
  • 531,015

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"A riveting exploration of the human psyche...Wolitzer's teenage characters are invigorated, flawed, emotionally real and intensely interesting. Even as readers fold back the layers of the story and discover unexpected truths and tragedies, the plot maintains an integrity that has come to be hallmark of Wolitzer's novels." - "Kirkus Reviews, "starred review "A smart and engrossing tale of trauma, trust, and triumph." - "School Library Journal, "starred review """A strong, original book." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Expect depth and razor sharp wit in this YA novel from the author of "The Interestings."" - "Entertainment Weekly" "A prep school tale with a supernatural-romance touch, from genius adult novelist Meg Wolitzer." - "Glamour" "Basically everything Meg Wolitzer writes is worth reading, usually over and over again, and her YA no exception." - "Wolitzer handles Jam's increasingly complex psychological state with delicate, nonjudgmental nuance ...teen readers, especially rabid Plath fans, will relish Wolitzer's deeply respectful treatment of Jam's realistic emotional struggle." -"Booklist"
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About Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Interestings; The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; The Wife; and, for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. The Interestings was named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, TIME magazine, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Wolitzer lives in New York City with her family.
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11,779 ratings
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3 33% (3,882)
2 13% (1,544)
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