Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 219 (e-ARC)
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Summary via Goodreads:
What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell?
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 one of my anticipated reads this year. After I read the general summary of the story, I instantly had the feeling that this is one of those books or stories that I’ll enjoy, most probably because the lead character is the Mean Girl. I don’t know but I sometimes enjoy the disposition of the Mean Girls more than the Nice Girls. And I enjoyed Here Lies Bridget, indeed!
I liked how Paige started the story, perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I got hooked instantly. The writing was great. I did feel connected with the characters.
Honestly, I enjoyed Bridget as a lead character in the story. Did you ever have that feeling where you love and hate the character at the same time? Bridget is mean, insecure, bratty and ill-mannered. Her terrorizing antics is not limited to her friends or at her school, she’s even churlish to her step-mother, Meredith. She’s aware that what she’s doing is utterly wrong yet she would still act that way for her own reputation that she keeps on “protecting”. Despite all of this, despite the fact that she’s a nominee for Mean Girl of the Year, I love her. For me, she’s not the typical lead character. This is the very first book I’ve read that the lead character is not so nice.
I was weighing whether the part where she was fixing her mistakes was too fast or was just fine. I thought, it was all good. Like I said, Bridget is aware that her actions are wrong; even for the briefest moment, she admitted that she’s tired of keeping up with her reputation. All she needed to do was to have the guts to face the fact that she’s screwed and she needs to fix it…and she did. And that’s another reason why I like her.
I also find the little dash of Cinderella-ish in the story to be cute.
I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars. If you want to read a fun, fast-paced and worth-reading book, then grab Here Lies Bridget, it’s so worth it.
Cover Thoughts: 5 out of 5. Definitely one of my favorite covers. It’s also one of the many reasons why I loved the book.
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year Challenge, 2011 Debut Author Challenge,
*I received this free e-galley from publisher, HarperTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!