Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ARC Review: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Series:  None

Genre:   YA

Release Date:  January 2011

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Format I Read:  ARC ebook

Pages:  224

SourceNet Galley

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Read an excerpt
Book Blurb
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 Thoughts
First of all, I had mixed feeling about reading this book.  I am very anti mean girl and tend to not read YA books that spotlight spoiled, bitchy teens.  However, I read so many good and bad reviews of this book, that I just had to satisfy my curiosity and see what all the fuss was about.

I love the Here Lies Bridget cover.  I smirked at the toe tag and daisies because I thought it was a clever reference to death.  Lame of me, yes, but still very clever.  I liked the story and most of the characters, but had an instant dislike for Bridget, the main character.  She perfected the mean girl attitude and whined obsessively about how unfair her life was. From my point of view, I thought she lived a charmed life, but was too caught up in herself and self loathing that she took everything and everyone for granted. 

Seriously, Bridget got on my very last nerve, but I kept reading with the anticipation of someone throwing all of her actions back in her face, preferably an open handed smack.  On second thought, that probably would have made for a very weak cat fight and I would have been even more annoyed with her for getting beat up.  In the end, I didn’t get the satisfaction the way I wanted it, but I was happy that Bridget got a second chance to redeem herself.   The ending was a little predictable, but it worked and I liked it.

The one thing that bothered me was that there were a few unanswered questions in the end.  I actually wanted another chapter or an epilogue just to see how Bridget repaired her relationship with her parents.

Four flowers of love, very good read and would recommend this one

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Anonymous said...

I have heard from a couple people that this kind of reminded them of The Ghost and The Goth. That had the whole stuck up teen thing too. I liked that one so I might think about picking this one up too! Thanks for the review :)

Yvonne said...

@Two Readers Review
I haven't read The Ghost and The Goth so I can't compare, may need to add it to my TBR, but Here Lies Bridget is a good, entertaining read.

A Beautiful Madness said...

I didn't really enjoy this book. Bridget was just too annoying to me.