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Was uns bleibt ist jetzt

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  12,564 Ratings  ·  2,330 Reviews
Ich warte auf dich am Rande der Welt

Jam durchlebt die erste große Liebe zu Reeve so intensiv wie nichts zuvor. Dann stirbt Reeve und für Jam macht das Leben keinen Sinn mehr. Ein Internat für traumatisierte Teenager soll helfen, und speziell eine exklusive Literaturklasse, der Jam zusammen mit nur vier anderen Schülern zugeteilt wird. Ihre Lehrerin, Mrs Q, gibt ihnen Tageb
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by cbt (first published January 1st 2014)
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Wendy Darling

This story makes a mockery of love, emotional integrity, and mental illness, and it's glamoured by unmagical magical realism, a "sophisticated" literary style, and a twist upon which everything else hinges. I despise feeling manipulated (much as many of the characters in this book would if they had any sense), especially when the plot and writing are not particularly remarkable, and when the characters and relationships are so incredibly shallow and meaningless.

There's an attempt to in
i had a very medium response to this book. i'm conflicted about a number of its different elements, annoyed/perplexed by others, but also pretty impressed by the big reveal's ability to genuinely surprise me. however, that initial "pleasantly surprised" feeling morphed into additionally conflicted feelings once i processed the turn, so it's all a jumble of contradictory and confusing feelings.

which means i am in the same emotional state as all the characters in this book, so let's call it a 3.5
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read "The Bell Jar" instead
Shelves: 2014, ya, why-the-hype
It is astonishing how mediocre and immature this book is. Wolitzer is supposedly a writer of some critical acclaim, so how could she write something so poor?

The plot itself is ok I guess - a bunch of students with various psychological problems are learning to deal with them by experiencing their issues in a sort of hypnotic world of Belzhar (really?)

But EVERYTHING about this story is superficial - exploration of grief and guilt, portrayal of first love/obsession and mental illness, even teach
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2016, ya
3.5 stars Reading this so soon after having read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar for the first time was an interesting experience. If you can't tell from the title, Wolitzer pulls heavily from Plath's novel, but I wouldn't say this story is necessarily a remake or rip-off of the original.

In Belzhar, we follow Jam Gallahue, a sixteen year old girl who is sent to a school for students with 'issues,' whether they suffer from emotional, physical or psychological trauma. On her first day at The Wooden B
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I originally rated this 2.5 stars but screw it, it's been almost 2 months since I read this and I'm still majorly pissed off. Lowered to 2 stars.

Belzhar is a very difficult book for me to review. I've been sitting here in front of my laptop for more than half an hour just fuming and raging inside because of this book. Because I cannot talk about the cons just yet, let me just tell you guys what this book is about.

This book is about Jam. Jam's full name is Ja
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
It took me months to get through this one, I kept forgetting I was even reading it, so let's just say it wasn't a memorable read for me. It is unique, don't get me wrong, but I just didn't really care about any of these characters. Then when the magical element got introduced, it made the book even less interesting, not more as I had hoped.

Ok so let's start with this premise. After her boyfriend dies, Jam gets sent to boarding school for troubled teens, and in one of her classes she's given a jo
Jen Blair
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forced, predictable, patronizing, trite. Just no. I have never been so disappointed in an author. I kept reading, hoping she would redeem herself. Nope.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. I inhaled this. It is like a dream. It is LITERALLY like a dream, and like a dream you cannot put it down. Sad, fascinating, funny, profound, real.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5! I was sent this book by Penguinteen in exchange for an honest review.

You know those books where you just go into them expecting ehhh, but come out of them like "holy heck this was amazing, and changed my mind set," yeah, well this was one of those books for me.

I found out this novel is greatly inspired by Sylvia Plath's book Bell Jar, which I have not read, but now really really want to.

We follow, Jam, a young girl whose first love died. She’s struggling with her situation, and is put in
If you’re already skeptical about a person someone being in deep, dark mourning lasting a year over someone they knew for only a few weeks then this is definitely not going to be a book for you. Although normally that would put me off I really, really wanted this book to work. Considering Wolitzer is well established in adult literary fiction, I suppose I figured she was likely to have a shot at creating a truly wrenching story of lost love even if that love was so brief. There were a couple of ...more
Temi Panayotova
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Преди няколко дни приключих „Белжар“ и мисля, че ми трябваше малко време докато се съвзема и напиша това ревю. Книгата ме накара да изпитам толкова много различни чувства докато я четях и жадно попивах всяка една дума и така чак до самия й край.

Някъде прочетох, че книгата била избрана от „Амазон“ за една от 100-те книги за тийнейджъри, които всеки човек трябва да прочете независимо от възрастта си. Може да не съм споменавала до сега – но аз не оби
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BELZHAR read like a book that someone who "thinks" YA sounds like. And what I mean by that is it's repetitive and there's a lot of unnecessary dialogue that tells rather than shows instead of believing in the intelligence of the reader, which offended me as a fan of the genre. I sped through this in one day as I didn't feel a particular connection to the narrator or other students, things got wrapped up way too nicely considering, and certain tropes happened as well as a "twist" inserted that se ...more
Larry H
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

You know, I thought this book was pretty fantastic. A little implausible? Sure, but I didn't feel like that lessened its appeal or emotional pull.

Jamaica "Jam" Gallahue is reeling from the death of her boyfriend, English exchange student Reeve. Even though they were only together for 41 days, their feelings for each other were so intense, and Jam is unable to cope with her grief, which upsets her family and alienates her closest friends. All she wants to do is relive thei
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
3.75 stars. For some reason I thought I had heard bad things about this so I didn't think I was going to like it, but I actually ended up rather enjoying it! Plus it may be just me, but I didn't see the ending coming at all. I'll definitely read more things by Meg Wolitzer in the future.
Gonna hafta put my Meg-crush aside for this one...

Though the core story (five troubled teens who attend a school in rural Vermont are hand selected for a "Special Topics in English" class focusing on Sylvia Plath, and find out truths about themselves thanks to the efforts of an enigmatic matronly teacher and her trippy journal-writing assignment) is at times super engaging and fun to read, Ms. Wolitzer really only hits her narrative stride 2/3rds of the way through; thus I found myself repeatedl
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

The Wooden Barn is a school specifically designed to care for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers.” Teenagers like Jam Gallahue, who is “sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died.” When Jam arrives at The Wooden Barn, she finds out she is enrolled in a course called Special Topics in English, which is taught by veteran instructor Mrs. Quenell when she has the perfect set of students. Mrs. Quenell chooses to focus solely on the wor
Suzie Smith
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished reading Belzhar, and I am devastated. Not because of the ending, or the story itself, but because the book that was getting me through this hellish week, that spoke to me in so many different ways has come to an end. Let me give you some background. I am not a reader, and you will rarely see me reading… at least not in public or for fun. I'm a slow reader which makes me very insecure and less motivated to read. But, after being slightly reluctant to reading this book, I decided,
Mackie Welch
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Pam Gonçalves
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ler-em-um-dia
Vídeo sobre o livro:

Essa leitura foi... diferente.

Eu achava que seria um young adult normal, talvez com uma grande mensagem de superação, mas foi realmente diferente.

A protagonista, Jam, é enviada para uma escola especial, quase isolada do mundo, depois de passar por episódio bastante traumático. Ela ainda não consegue superar a perda e, com mais quatro alunos, é selecionada para fazer parte de um grupo limitado que terá aula de Tópicos Especiais em Ingl
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Funny - I just looked at a bunch of reviews about this book on Goodreads - and was actually surprised to find so many people that DIDN'T like it!!!!!!
I loved this book! Especially knowing that it was written for teens. The ending was probably a bit too neat and tidy to be a great ending for a similar adult book....but it is often a relief to have a neat and tidy ending! Sometimes, little things that would kind of bother me in a different book, I made allowances for because this book wasn't actua
No, se que onda, pero estaba por un poco mas de la mitad del libro y me parecio muy meh. PERO ESE FINAAAAAAAAAL, FUE PERFECTO. No se, lo ame.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific Teen story!

I inhaled it!

Realities we would prefer to avoid, or minimize, are a part of life.

In "Belzhar" we read about a group of kids who learn to face painful losses with courage, grace, clarity, and wisdom.
An exceptional teacher --and community, this story has heart-soul-and is deeply satisfying!
Julie Ehlers
I can’t quite decide how I feel about Belzhar. I was excited about the boarding school/Sylvia Plath themes and was looking forward to seeing how Meg Wolitzer handled her first YA novel, but for the first half I was frustrated and bored. Our heroine, unforgivably named “Jam,” is about as colorless and personality-free as it’s possible for a character to be, and most of her fellow students aren’t much better. The book keeps telling us how smart and complex they all are, but I just wasn’t seeing it ...more
I appreciate what Wolitzer has to say about the past, how holding on to a memory or an event and not moving on keeps us from fully living. The premise is interesting, and I quickly turned the pages to discover the big secret of the novel (I guessed incorrectly. (view spoiler)). However, the story didn't delve as deeply into character devel ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Das Buch hat mir sehr überrascht, ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass es mich so fesseln kann. Der Anfang war genial, ich war nur etwas enttäuscht, als sich eine Prise magischen Realismus dazugesellt hat, außerdem hat mich eine Stelle sehr (wirklich sehr) wütend gemacht. Fernab davon war es aber ein sehr tolles, gut durchdachtes Werk, sodass ich ihm noch 4 Sterne geben will. Das muss ich auch definitiv irgendwann nochmal lesen.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is The Girls of No Return meets And We Stay in the best way possible. I love this story about (view spoiler) and the power of literature, of words, of writing, and of believing in things you do and do not have control of.

My one criticism is that in the final two chapters -- the second-to-last especially -- Wolitzer gets too on-the-nose. It feels a bit rookie YA, explaining The Great Meaning Here to the readers who will have gotten it because they're smart en
This wasn't difficult to read or anything; I moved through it pretty quickly. I thought it would at the very least end up being just an okay book. But I feel like I got nothing out of this. I can't see teens enjoying this. I really disliked what it was when we find out really happened. And oddly, I could actually relate to some of what Jam experiences, but then she ruined it with the "twist" - which I had already guessed. And again - just so much telling, all the way through. Maybe this could ha ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Въпреки че това е тийн роман и стилът, на който е написан, ми се стори леко детински, все пак се насладих на историята. Напълно нормално и правдоподобно е книгата да е така наивна щом главните герои са тийнейджъри на по 15-16 години. Намирам книгата за доста леко и кротко четиво, но и някак силно и ободряващо.
Никой не е застрахован срещу ударите на живота, но ако с нас или някой близък се случи трагедия, нямаме друг избор освен да приемем нещата такива каквито са. Макар и удавени в мъката си, д
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I picked this book up in an airport over two years ago, never having heard of it. I instantly started it, and while I loved the writing style I remember having rather mixed feelings. I decided to revisit it to see whether I wanted to keep it or unhaul it (since it is only a three star I settled on unhaul, though it does have lots of things I like about it).

This follows a teenage girl named Jam Gallahue. After her boyfriend dies, Jam is utterly distraught. Her parents decide to send her to a boar
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Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.
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