Dutton Juvenile, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
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.
What an interesting, amazing book. I never would have thought of this idea. I wish I had written this one. I wish I could have taken a Special Topics class in high school and had a journal experience like the students had. I thought the twist in the story was interesting. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I thought it was believable. In spite of everything, I still did like the main character. Overall, it was a great read.