Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Here Lies Bridget

Paige Harbison

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 Take:

I love reading about good juicy villains.  You know, the ones you looooooove to hate, whether they be the school's horrid yet mesmerizing queen bee such as Regina George from Mean Girls, or the freakin crazy anarchist out to destroy just for fun a la Heath Ledger's The Joker.  Then of course you have your Heathcliffs (yes, I consider him a villain, get over it :), your Voldemorts, your Prince Humperdinks, the list goes on.  Unfortunately, Bridget is not one who, in my opinion, can be counted among the ranks of the delicious juicy villains.  She's just a big old beeyotch that you can barely stomach!  I didn't blame her friends for hating her or her boyfriend for leaving her even a tiny bit.  Yes Bridget, you are sad inside.  Yes Bridget, you have problems, your dad isn't around as much as he should be, you feel abandoned, blah blah blah.  I just wanted to take the character by the shoulders shake her and tell her to get over herself, we all have problems!!! **pants from overdoing the rant**  Anyway, despite the fact that I hated the main character (which you were supposed to, to a certain extent) I actually enjoyed the book overall.  I enjoyed the modern day Scroogey feel, and by the end, I found Bridget to be a character I no longer wanted to smack right in the face.  This book is definitely worth a read, just don't expect to enjoy Bridget until she's had a few dozen servings of humble pie shoved quite forcefully down her throat!  I really enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters, as they felt a bit more realistic, and I REALLY felt for Bridget's not so wicked step mother. I think I'm going to give Here Lies Bridget a middle of the road rating, solid, but not overly impressive: 3, Find a Used Book Store

Tell me what you think!  Who is your favorite juicy villain?  Have you read Here Lies Bridget?  If so, what did you think of it, and specifically of Bridget?  Hit the comments!

If Here Lies Bridget was a movie it would likely be rated PG for some material not suited for young ones (underage drinking etc)

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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