Esther Greenwood is at college and is fighting two battles, one against her own desire for perfection in all things - grades, boyfriend, looks, career - and the other against remorseless mental illness. As her depression deepens she finds herself encased in it, bell-jarred away from the rest of the world. This is the story of her journey back into reality. Highly readable, witty and disturbing, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. What it has to say about what women expect of themselves, and what society expects of women, is as sharply relevant today as it has always been.
This book is more than a little captivating. I was hooked into Esther's story from the first chapter, and as a character, I loved following her story.
What you get with The Bell Jar, is a beautifully written story, which delicately and at times disturbingly, takes you through the harrowing journey of a girl struggling with depression, and high expectations placed upon her.
The themes in this book, are highly relatable, and told in an honest way, which made me want to keep on turning the pages.
I cared what happened to Esher, and that added to the emotion of this book. I have no doubt that this book will be one that I'll want to read again and again.
I'd highly recommend it.