by Alida Hanson
The students, each victims of trauma that led them to the school, start to form relationships based on experiences they have during journaling. I won't spoil it, but plot twists make Belzhar a satisfying read.
Meg Wolitzer is a pro. She knows how to write a compelling, artful story. This is hypercritical, but it was a tad too polished for me--I felt manipulated. I read The Interestings this year and felt the same way--like I was in the hands of a master who knows how to anticipate what her audience wants and gives it to them. I haven't gotten any feedback from students yet on this one.