Waiting On…Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title Belzhar
Author Meg Wolitzer
Pages 352 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher Dutton Juvenile
To Be Published September 30th, 2014
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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 a voracious reader and book blogger, it’s natural that I become excited about books. Covers. Synopsis. Quotations. New releases. Especially new releases. From Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place to Rainbow Rowell’s Landline, from Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun to Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, there are no shortage of titles I’m excited to read in the upcoming months. None more so, however, than Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar. From the moment I first read the headline of NPR’s article on the subject, “Book News: Meg Wolitzer To Publish A YA Novel Inspired By Sylvia Plath” back in March, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. You see, I love Sylvia Plath’s work and, more specifically, The Bell Jar. Adore it. Admire it. Revere it. Ever since reading The Bell Jar for the first time at the age of eleven, I’ve read it at least once a year since then, and have also read Plath’s own unabridged journals on more than one occasion as well. Given how much the original work means to me, I’ve tried to temper my expectations about Belzhar. Truly. But it’s hard not to become excited when you know there will soon be a novel loosely based on your favourite book of all time. Strange though it may sound, Plath’s work has been a great comfort during some of the most difficult times in my life and, ever the eternal optimist, I have great hope that Wolitzer’s upcoming novel will bring that same beloved material to life in an entirely new way. After all, it doesn’t hurt to hope, right?

15 responses to “Waiting On…Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer”

  1. Yesss! I am excited about this one! The concept sounds interesting, and there’s something I really like about the cover.
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  2. I am so excited for this one! It sounds so interesting and I can’t wait for it to come out. =)
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  3. This is the first time I have seen this book but it sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    Thank you for sharing. Sharon – Obsession with Books
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  4. This one sounds intriguing and a bit sad. Losing her boyfriend and all but I am curious about this place where the untainted past is restored,.
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  5. Milka says:

    This one sounds AWESOME! And I really like the cover too. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Ooh! Okay. I’m sold. Gimme gimme. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Wednesday 🙂

    Shane @ Itching for Books
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  7. Kirsty-Marie says:

    YES.I only come across it the other week. I haven’t read The Bell Jar yet- always wanted to, but was a bit scared of it. But, bought it the other day, so can’t wait to start it. 🙂
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  8. Leah says:

    I’m curious about this one as well, though for a different reason (& honestly had no idea it was Plath-inspired): I’m interested in seeing what Wolitzer brings YA. I gave The Interestings a try, but had to return the book to the library before I could finish and never felt compelled to pick it up again. Insert your own joke about how The Interestings..wasn’t.

    Even though I wasn’t a big fan of that one I’m still excited for her dip into YA!
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  9. Nice pick, sure has an interesting concept 😀
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  10. Ellis says:

    Oh, I love the sound of this book. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Yiling says:

    This is the first I’m hearing of this book and it sounds like something that I would be interested in! Great pick.
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  12. I’ve been seeing this one around a lot and I’m pretty interested in reading it. I really like the cover as well. Great pick!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian
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  13. Ohh this one sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. This sounds amazing! I know I wanted to read The Interestings but I will have to add this as well!

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  15. Devyn says:

    This sounds so unbelievably amazing…I can’t wait!
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