How did I get it?:
Given to me by the lovely Luna’s Little Library
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 .
Here Lies Bridget is the debut novel from Paige Harbison. My friend Luna gave it to me, as she really enjoyed it and thought I would as well. I really liked the synopsis, so I dived in on my journey to London one weekend. It was so easy to read and I devoured it on my train journey.
The main character, Bridget, is not entirely likeable. She’s not supposed to be. The first part of the book focuses on how much she intimidates people at her school and manipulates and belittles her friends, peers and teachers. It made it very hard for me to sympathise with her. I think that means though that Paige Harbison has really written the character well.
I found the story really picked up towards the second half of the book. Bridget gets to walk in other people’s shoes and realise what her behaviour has been like and how it has affected others. It almost reminded me of A Christmas Carol, except Bridget could actually feel what others were feeling. Bridget began to realise what she had been doing was just plain wrong. I thought the issues with her stepmother were handled well.
There are a lot of issues in this book that teenagers do experience, so for its target audience it is easily relatable. I think Paige Harbison’s debut novel is incredibly accomplished. She writes well and I’d definitely read more from her in the future.
Would I recommend it?:
The Ghost Bride- Yangsze Choo