Monday, June 20, 2011

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin

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…. -

Let me state at the outset that I didn't really know what to expect of this book.  I had heard a little bit, but from what I had managed to glean from others, I really didn't expect to hate the lead character as much as I did.  But Bridget... she was an absolutely horrid little monster girl.  That being said, I have to then tell you that I loved this book.  Wait... I'll explain....

Yes, Bridget was terrible.  A good portion of the book follows Bridget around and allows the reader to watch her sabotage and commit atrocities to just about everyone in her life.  And while she's doing all this, you're inside her head, listening to how she justifies her actions, and listening to the mind's workings of a very unlikeable girl.  The author did a FANTASTIC job making you hate Bridget.  To be inside the girl's head and see how ugly her heart could be was the work of a truly gifted author.

Now, something happens to Bridget that causes things to reflect and truly see the badness within.  This is when the book goes from great to awesome.  For the author to be able to take a horrible character that she made you hate and then turn it around and make you love her, was absolutely amazing to me.

I think Paige Harbison has found her calling for sure as a writer.  This was a brilliantly written book. The kind that makes you think, and the kind that stays with you.  I loved it.

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