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Posted February 4, 2011
Unlikable main character, but still enjoyed.
Bridget is not a nice girl. There's no way around it, she's just mean and shows no redeeming qualities. I didn't like her and, unlike other heroines in similar books, she didn't grow on me at all. I liked her time in limbo and how she had to come face to face with the consequences of her actions, but the ending was a little rushed for me and seemed too easy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It's a little strange to read a story where you don't particularly like the main character, but enjoy everything else about the book. I liked the idea of limbo and being judged. I also liked the secondary characters, even though stepmother Meredith and ex-boyfriend Liam were unbelievably understanding and kind to Bridget. Would have liked to have seen more of Michelle, one of Bridget's friends, and wish she had a larger part.
Gave this one a 3/5 as I liked the story well enough, just not the main character. Also didn't care for the ending, which tied things up too neatly. Actually wished the book could have been longer so we could see more of Bridget's possible redemption and get a better feel for her motivations.
Posted January 28, 2011
Teen girl gets second look on life
HERE LIES BRIDGET, by Paige Harbison, is a story about a girl who dies and is judged by those she has wronged during her short life. Reminiscent of A Christmas Carol's past/present/future ghosts but with a different and modern twist.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Our MC, Bridget, was merciless with her peers and her family. An event in her past and absent father turned this once nice girl into a cold-hearted you know what. Harbison must have channeled 'mean girl' very well for this character. But that was only Bridget's outward appearance. Inside she still knew what her actions meant but she did not hint to caring what anyone else felt. Issues of bullying and self-destruction were prevalent. Harbison did a great job honing in on the teenage-psyche.
My only problem was when Bridget relived her past actions through her peers who were judging her. Some of the scenes were repetitive from previous chapters. But on the flip side, it was interesting getting into the other person's head and feeling how much Bridget's words and actions hurt him/her.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. For me it was a quick read and Harbison kept me interested until the very end.
Posted January 22, 2011
A Quick, Enjoyable Read With A Good Message
I wanted to love Here Lies Bridget, I really did. But it's a difficult book to love because Bridget, the MC, is an atrocious person. That's the whole point of the story. Bridget is selfish and self-centered. She treats everyone around her like crap, tearing them down to bring herself up. To her, life is great because she lives in a Bridget bubble - that is until the Bridget bubble pops and she's forced to acknowledge what a terrible person she is deal with the consequences in a life or death boardroom judgment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bridget really reminds me of Regina George with a little Gretchen Weiner thrown in because she is the queen bee, but she is completely oblivious to how she treats other people, believing that her peers actually like and respect her. That's pretty much where the Mean Girls similarities end though. There are no foot creams on the face or shirts with the boobs cut out; just a disgustingly horrible teenage girl who slips down the social ladder and crashes her car.
100 pages into the book and all the reader really knows is that Bridget is one mean girl. She treats her friends like crap, degrades her stepmom, and uses her power to hurt others. Once Bridget gets in the accident and wakes up in a boardroom full of her peers, things get much better.
When Bridget is in this limbo state, she must literally step into the shoes of some of the people she has wronged and see her actions from their perspective. In doing this, Bridget realizes who she is and how people see her. I even felt sympathy for her, which is surprising considering I loathed her before she nearly died.
Here Lies Bridget is a quick read with A Christmas Carol feel to it. Bridget starts off as such a horrible person, but gradually she grows and her attempt to atone for her mistakes doesn't leave her with the happy ending she wanted. The story is wrapped up nicely and the character growth/transformation is handled well. While not my favorite book, Here Lies Bridget has a good message behind it.
Opening lines: I pressed down on the accelerator. It felt good to have power back in my life. ~ pg. 7
Favorite lines: Everything was done. I couldn't take it back, couldn't change it. It was way too late to say the two words that could have saved me if I'd just meant them sooner.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. ~ pg. 9
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication
Posted January 14, 2011
I'm on the fence with this book because the premise is quite intriguing, but I feel like it didn't come across as smoothly as it should have. Hence my three-star rating. Let me explain. The main character, Bridget, is a spoiled, controlling b*tch. Normally I'm not one to throw words like that out there, but trust me when I say there are dirtier words I want to call her. I know it's to show how awful this girl truly is, but it felt like pulling teeth-I literally wanted to reach through my Nook and choke her. She's rude to all her friends, she treats her stepmother like she's the evil witch of the west, and shrugs it all off like she's so wonderful that her behavior is excusable. No-wait. That isn't right either, because it's as if she doesn't even think she's being mean. There is no excuse because what she's doing isn't wrong. Or mean. I guess what I'm trying to convey is that her meanness isn't believable. Let me give you an example . . .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bridget's father is a famous sports announcer and is away from home the majority of the time. Because of that, her stepmother has become, basically, her sole guardian. This woman is sweet, kind, and always pleasant to her-overly even. Many times through the book you see this woman's tender and endearing side shine. How Bridget treats her-this person who's been in her life since she was in elementary school and taken care of her-is, like I said before, unbelievable. How anyone can be that blatantly mean blows my mind. Especially to someone who's been there for you.
I also don't understand how she can be so oblivious to everyone around her-emotionally I mean. I understand that her behavior was necessary so the author could get to the premise of the book: what happens when you are in limbo and everyone there wants you to go to hell? But did it really take 80% of the book to do that? No. Was it well written? Sure, absolutely. That's not the point. The reason I wanted to read this book was because of how it was projected to me through the summary. Instead, I'm busying reading this book through the point of view of a person I detest. Not someone who's having their actions shoveled back to them as they await the answer of Heaven or Hell.
Now, here's where the book finally sunk its proverbial claws in. Bridget has to literally step into the shoes of those she has hurt and relive her snideness through them. It's an eye-opener, of course. How she didn't see it before this still blows my mind. This part of the book was my favorite. We get to see all these different points-of-view; this is where the book really picked. I was turning pages quicker at this point, even though most of the first part of the book, or scenes from it, are relived, it's always from the point-of-view of someone who isn't as annoying as Bridget (thank you very much). Then came the decision. Or judgment, if you will. This part I felt was rushed but I enjoyed it nonetheless. And there was even a nice little twist at the end! Overall, this book was enjoyable. Other reviewers haven't didn't endure the issues I did with this book, but I can only take so much inconceivable idiocy and obvious disregard for what's in front of a main character. That's just a preference of mine, I suppose.
Posted January 6, 2011
Step into bridget's shoes
Bridget Duke rules her school. If someone is cool, it's because of her. If someone is a loser, it's because Bridget thinks she is a loser. She has complete control over both the teachers and students. That is, until new girl Anna Judge shows up. Suddenly Anna is getting all of the attention, and Bridget doesn't like it one bit. But what lengths will Bridget go to in order to get her Queen Bee status back? And will she hurt the ones she cares about in order to do it?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Though this book was rather cheesy at times, it was honestly enjoyable. It's one of those stories that will definitely keep the reader turning the pages to see what happens next, especially in the second half of the book. Bridget is a terrible, horrible, just awful person. The kind that makes me wonder how the author can stand to even write about someone this bad. But she is not unlike so many girls out there with their own issues and insecurities. The private school Bridget attends could be any high school in any city or town. And while Paige Harbison uses a not-so-subtle plot technique to teach Bridget a lesson, I enjoyed the ride nonetheless. A short and breezy read, but one that is sure to make readers think about their own actions.
Posted February 12, 2011
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