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.
- There was a definite uniqueness to the story that I wasn’t expecting, so that did keep me on my toes and wanting to figure out where the story was going to go.
- The character development was well done, I actually liked some of the side characters more than the main character.
- The idea behind the journal is neat. I can see how writing can be really healing and bring you to new places. The way the journal brought everyone together was interesting too.
- I always seem to enjoy the boarding school setting, apparently I must have internally desired to be sent to a boarding school as a child or something!
- When I really found out Jam’s story I was disappointed. It was just kinda ridiculous. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just cannot understand why the author decided to go in that direction. Seems unnecessary and like she was copping out of a better resolution.
- The story line itself was so-so.