Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue's parents felt that she needed a gentler year of high school, so they sent her to a special school in Vermont. It's a school filled with teens who have faced disasters, illnesses, injuries and other trauma. Besides that Jam doubts they'll have anything in common with each other.
When she gets placed in "Special topics in English," her opinions are pretty much confirmed. These students have clearly been specially selected since Jam's roommate is furious that she didn't get in, but Jam can't figure out why.
It seems like a pretty normal English class, they're going to be reading Sylvia Plath and are required to write in a journal.The other students seem pretty much like any others that she's had classes with before. But, her opinions about how normal everything is change when she starts to write in her assigned journal. One minute, she's sitting in her dorm at her desk and the next she's transported to a field with the boyfriend she lost. The boyfriend whose loss devastated and sent her to Vermont in the first place.
So, "Special Topics in English" comes with a ticket to an alternative space. But, how long will it last? Why were they picked to get to go? What does it mean? This is a book that offers just as many questions for its characters as answers. I agree with our Librarian M that the less you know about it going in, the better it will be for the reader. Take a trip with Jam and take out Belzhar today.
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