Genre: Fiction/Young Adult
YA fiction has definitely moved on from vampire romances and teenage espionage and is becoming more sophisticated and dynamic for younger readers. Belzhar is a prime example of this. It tells the story of a group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers studying Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar in their English class (a risky choice).
Part of their assignment is to keep a journal. Soon the group discover that every time they write in these journals they are transported to another world known as Belzhar. It is when they are in Belzhar that they can shed their haunted lives and discover themselves truly.
I’d been looking forward to reading this ever since it was first published last year and having just finished Plath’s novel myself I was intrigued to see what the characters would think of it. Though not a difficult read I’d recommend it for advanced readers as it does deal with fragile issues.
Interesting take on a classic (: