Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1st October, 2014
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.
From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.
As I picked the book up to read and added it to my Goodreads shelf, I noticed that there had been some pretty negative reviews surrounding the book. I refused to read them until I'd finished, and although I agree with some of the points, I have to say that I could still totally empathise with the characters. Yes, Jam only knew Reeve for 41 days, but people can fall pretty hard in a short space of time. Not only that, but I thought that the idea of Belzhar itself was fantastic. I'm not going to go into too much detail on what Belzhar is but it most certainly made the book. It was a complete twist on the usual mental health books and I loved that it had a slightly supernatural element to it.
Not only was the plot fantastic, but I loved watching the characters grow and learning about their pasts; about how they ended up there. It was great to see so many different perspectives going on and seeing that wall of support building up. Belzhar is such an emotional but exciting book. I was so intrigued as to what was going to happen next. It's definitely difficult to put down! I urge you to red this book despite some of the negative reviews. Make your own mind up about this book. To me it was a truly wonderful read with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes!