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Author
Wolitzer, Meg
Descriptors
Boarding School
Coming-of-Age
Depression
Private Schools
Teacher/Student Relationships
Teens
Young Adult Fiction
Location/Setting:
Vermont
Time Period:
2010s
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Summary
15-year-old Jam Gallahue is inconsolable after the death of her first love, Reeve. To help cope, she is sent to a private boarding school in Vermont. Once there, she learns she's been handpicked to enroll in a mysterious seminar called Special Topics in English, which focuses on the works of poet-novelist Sylvia Plath. As Jam and her four classmates, who have also endured tragedies, each delve into their mandatory journals, they're transported to alternate realities where their old, pre-trauma lives are restored. In her false reality, Jam gets to be with Reeve. At the semester's end, will Jam find the strength to grow beyond her grief and the courage to eventually leave it behind?
Critique
A fast-paced compelling book that has teens dealing with tough topics like child abduction, homosexuality, alcoholism, and death. The novel's magic realism elements give the 'teen angst' issues a fresh feel and will allow the reader to forgive the surprise twist. Intriguing and entertaining reading with a mostly happy ending.
ISBN
9780525423058
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# of Pages
266
Published
2014
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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