The Bell Jar
Review by: Amanda Hass
I've heard of Sylvia Plath's poetry and I honestly thought I would never read a book written by her. Graphic novels are usually my reading choice because of the pictures and the pace at which you can read this type of book. I picked up The Bell Jar as a Reading Counts book and I thought I would put it down immediately because it is a book with no pictures and frankly it did not grab my attention. I was worried. Once I started reading, I found that I did enjoy reading this type of book. I continued to track through this so called "suicide novel". Basically, The Bell Jar is about the self-destruction of Ester Greenwood. What happens to the character in this book is enticing because of the details that Plath gives. The book is so well written that it makes you have eye strain from reading it so intently. The self-doubt that Miss Greenwood has about herself is very apparent. The more you read, the more you are connected with her. The details in the book and the clear and concise descriptions makes you feel as if you are sitting next to Miss Greenwood and listening to her speak. That example is what makes Plath a great writer. Still to this day, I have not found one person who has disliked this book. It is a great read. You will not be let down.