Sunday, January 2, 2011

Review: HERE LIES BRIDGET by Paige Harbison

Bridget Duke is the most popular girl in school, but is also the very definition of “mean girl.”  When a new girl, Anna, comes to school, it seems everyone falls under her spell of kindness.  Suddenly, people stop worshipping her and putting up with her crap.  Frustrated and powerless, Bridget ends up dying in a car accident.  She “wakes” to find herself in limbo where she is forced to literally walk in the shoes of those she has wronged.  Now, her redemption rests in the hands of five people who would rather she go to Hell.  Is it too late to make a last impression? 

Bridget is seriously mean.  I had a really hard time in the early chapters finding any redeeming qualities in the character.  She lies, cheats, blames other people for her wrongs, criticizes her friends and is absolutely horrible to her stepmother who is trying hard to forge a relationship with her.  While incredible annoying for the first part of the book, Bridget’s characters has nowhere to go but up.  While Bridget’s journey is extreme, there are some valuable lessons to be learned from her. 

Overall, I give Here Lies Bridget

Plot – 3 bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Dreama Walker (Bridget), Hunter Parrish (Liam), Andrea Bowen (Anna)

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