Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blog Tour Review: Here Lies Bridget, by Paige Harbison



Here Lies Bridget
Paige Harbison [F] [T]

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 219 pages
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5 (3/5)
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….


I feel it's my obligation to say don't go into this book expecting a female lead that's all flowers and sunshine that you will completely relate to and just adore... because you won't. Bridget's a pretty cruel character with a bit of a nasty personality. HOWEVER, don't hate her and don't put down the book because of it... keep reading. In order for this book to be as good as it is (and it IS a great book), Bridget's attitude is necessary.

With that said, I will say that sometimes it was a little difficult for me to accept ALL of Bridget - actions, attitude and all. I will also say that the build-up of Bridget's character as a horrid person was a good portion of the book, which made the resolution feel a little hurried and maybe even a little predictable. But again, most of it is needed for this book to be as successful of a story as it is.

The writing was great, the plot was just as wonderful. Over all of that, I have to say that the character development was very meaty but this also made the character growth in the story astronomically better than most that you see. Besides seeing small areas of improvement, you're almost getting a new character - one that is still recognizable, but her whole train of thought and reactions are not like the old her in the very least. I think, if nothing else, that made the book completely worth the read... although her circumstances were fantastical at the very least, her actions are very real and make for an incredible story.

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