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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A clever and engaging story, Wolitzer’s first dip into the YA pool is a success. Readers will be intrigued by each character’s journey into the transient world of Belzhar…A unique novel with an interesting twist.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Making her YA debut, acclaimed author Wolitzer writes crisply and sometimes humorously about sadness, guilt, and anger…A strong, original book.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “As narrator Jorjeana Marie renders Jam’s haunting vulnerability and her past slowly unfolds, listeners will feel themselves in the role of confidant. Marie uses pitch and pacing to her advantage—both to differentiate characters and to suggest concealed facts and feelings. She can infuse a few words with a character’s unique suffering or hope, making her overall narration a touching and intimate experience.”


  • “Wolitzer spins a smart and engrossing tale of trauma, trust, and triumph. She is respectful of the intelligence and sophistication of the teens while acknowledging their vulnerability and lack of life experience. Their voices ring true and the emotional truths are authentic—even for those readers unwilling or unable to embrace the magical realism. Exploring the themes of self-reflection and the recurring notion that ‘words matter’ make this title a perfect choice for book groups and discussions.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In a riveting exploration of the human psyche, her debut for teens, bestselling author Wolitzer offers a story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice…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. In-depth references to Sylvia Plath add highlights to an already robust text. An enticing blend of tragedy, poetry, surrealism and redemption.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “When Jam suffers a terrible trauma and feels isolated by grief, her parents send her to the Wooden Barn, a boarding school for ‘highly intelligent, emotionally fragile’ teens…Wolitzer handles Jam’s increasingly complex psychological state with delicate, nonjudgmental nuance—the first-person narrative slowly reveals the sticky circumstances of her trauma as well as her growing realization that living in the past is paralyzing.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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