Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Review: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget (Harlequin Teen)Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (January 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210280
Source: NetGalley

Review:

Mean girls are everywhere. Bratty, spoiled, conceited and well b*tchy. Bridget Duke is no different. In spite the fact that Bridget is surrounded by good friends and a step mother who keeps trying to know her, Bridget seems to make every bodies life a living hell. She's the girl you love to hate not because she's pretty and popular but because she's just plain mean or is that the real Bridget?

The story start out giving us a picture of how Bridget's life is at home and at school. She has two best friends that tolerates her or understands her regardless of the stunts she pulls. Reading that book gave me mixed emotions of anger, pity and sympathy. You can definitely hate Bridget but deep down inside you'll ask why she is like that and the book will explain it in a later part.

So Bridget is given a chance to redeem herself. She learn things from the other persons point of view and tries to see herself on someone else's eyes. This was quite interesting. After all the hate and anger I had for Bridget I somewhat felt sad. It's actually amazing how Harbison made all the characters so realistic that people can connect with them. The only issue I have with the book is the ending. I would have love for Bridget to have a different ending than what's written. Harbison could have written a different ending for Bridget. I also loved the cover of the book. Actually that's what caught my attention in the first place. :)

This book would definitely be great for parents and children to discuss issues that are really serious today. Bulimia, bullying, respect, etc. This would be a great book to also give your friends. I know that the concept is not new, but Harbison wrote it in an amazing way that could not only be entertaining and great to read but also an eye opener for some. I highly recommend reading Here Lies Bridget to teen readers and adult who loves this type of stories.


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