Message from Meg Wolitzer author of Belzhar
Posted by allenmyrna
I’m really happy that Belzhar was nominated for a Teen Reader’s Choice Award. I tried to write the kind of book that I would have wanted to read when I was a teenager. The novel takes place at a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers.” I liked the idea of setting it there, because it meant that the characters would be far away from their families and friends, and off in a new situation where anything could happen. Fantasy ripples very lightly through the book, and I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that the ending is something that a lot of people seem to want to know about, asking me, “Did you always know it would end that way?” The answer is, “Not exactly.” Every book has to find its own story, and the writer has to struggle to tell it. I tried to do that, and along the way I loved being in the world of my characters. I still miss them.
All the best,