Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: January 18, 2011
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Cover: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
~ My Review:
I honestly have to say that I hated Bridget for most of the book. I liked her a little better near the end, but not much. I could never understand how someone could do so many hurtful things to other people, knowing that it is wrong and feeling slightly guilty, and yet still doing it. Not even caring when a friend of hers nearly gets arrested for running an errand for Bridget’s party. I applaud Michelle’s decision near the end, and the author for writing it that way. Things can’t always just go back to the way they were.
This book is short, a little over 200 pages. I felt it could easily have been extended to 300 or so, to flesh out the story more. The end felt rushed. Bridget spent hardly any time on each person she needed to make it right with, and her motivation seemed a little selfish. Yes she didn’t want to die, but that’s not necessarily why she should be trying to amend the wrongdoings she has done. Bridget should make that attempt because it’s right, whether it means she lives or dies.