Here Lies Bridget
By 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….
This Blonde’s Review:
Bridget is a girl who walks all over everyone she meets. She believes that if she throws someone under the bus to save themselves that they’ll get over it and it’s worth it. She’s so insecure that she even mistreats the people who try the hardest to love her. When a new girl comes to town and seems to take over all of the things that she feels are Hers, life gets more difficult for Bridget.
The best part comes with the last half of the book, after Bridget gets in the car accident. This is where Paige Harbison makes it interesting. Bridget is in a room with people she knows and has wronged. She has to step into their shoes and see the events from their point of view. She sees the things she did on purpose, like lying about a boy cheating on a test. She is surprised to see what he thinks of her and to see what happened when she wasn’t in the room. She sees the ways she wronged people without even realizing what she was doing. She even gets the chance to see who really cares about her and what she’s missing.
Obviously we know that she has a chance to make it right and do something better, that is how these books go. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great book.
If you love to read about the mean girl learning her lesson and making good, then you should give this book a read. I really enjoyed it.