Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Belzhar: The Beginning

Disclaimer: I agreed to participate in this before my employment at Penguin. My employment in no way will effect anything involved in this campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Confession: I've never read The Bell Jar. I know, it's another strike against my English Major card. But I half-own a really pretty edition of it so that counts for something right?

I'm also a huge notebook fiend. Since starting college, one of my goals tends to be to find some kind of nerdy, quirky notebook. but I sure as hell will never say no to a book promo notebook. So, when I was offered a chance to participate in a campaign for a retelling of The Bell Jar that heavily relied on a notebook...I said I'll give it a go.

The gorgeous flooring of Penn Station in the background
It's since become my go to notebook.  It's small, as you can kinda see, and easy to carry around. We've gone on adventures - to the Poconos, to Paneras, to Penn Station. In fact, it was the only thing I could write in while I was on vacation and getting a phone call about my internship interview, and therefore my first journal entry is actually a bunch of notes about HR and instructions and other odds and ends. I'm not gonna share that page with you.

But, I will be journaling, just as Jam and the other residents of The Wooden Barn do. It probably won't be as entertaining or intense as Jam's journal, but I'll do my best to bring the angst and gossip...or my notes from class. Because today's also my first day of classes so...

I'll be sharing whatever pops up in this notebook on my Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #FallintoBelzhar for the rest of the month, leading up to Belzhar's release on September 30.

But I won't be alone in this. A number of bloggers and vloggers are joining in the journaling craze!

And while you're waiting anxiously for our journaling to begin, check out a little bit of what Belzhar's about and add it to your Goodreads!
Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Juvenile
[September 30, 2014]

 If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.


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