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Review: Here lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Published by Mira Ink
Challenge: DAC
Source: review copy


Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don't worship as attentively, teachers don't fall for her wide-eyed "who me?" look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she's always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.

When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she's wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she's inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget's about to learn that, sometimes, saying you're sorry just isn't enough….


***

Here lies Bridget is the book for you if you love Gossip Girl, mean girls (the film) or Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall. It is fast paced, totally engaging with some brilliant characters.

The thing that struck me the most about this book was how much of an utter bitch the main character was. Quite honestly I hated her throughout most of the book and I felt sorry for everyone who have been unfortunate enough to have had to come across her at some point in their lives. The first part of the story follows her and her day to day life and you get to see just how badly she treats everyone. She finds however that her position as Queen of the School is threatened when a new girl starts who is lovely and instantly popular. In a very typically over dramatic way Bridget decides that her life is over and crashes her car.

From this point on for me the story gets interesting. bridget is put in a state of limbo and goes to revisit all the people she has wronged in her relatively short life and is given the offer to mend things before it is too late. I liked seeing a bit more depth to Bridget at this point and I loved the fact that she finally started to realise how destructive her behaviour in recent months had been. The last section kept me totally hooked as you followed Bridget in her attempts to make things right again.

All in all an interesting book with a character you will both love to hate but also change your mind about as the story goes on.

Comments

Raimy-rawr said…
awesome review! I really wanna read this one.. its sat on my TBR shelf just waiting! lol
Jesse Owen said…
OOh! It sounds like just the kind of book I would love - I saw it today and now I'm kicking myself for not buying it.

Fab review :D