I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own story. From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzhar is a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance. 'A story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice.' Kirkus Reviews 'An unusual gem of a novel' Entertainment Weekly 'Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing' New York Times
Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling and The Interestings. The Interestings, published in August last year, was a New York Times bestseller and compared to the likes of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides' The Marriage Plot. Visit her at megwolitzer.com or follow her on Twitter at @MegWolitzer.