Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: Here Lies Bridget

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Synopsis (From Goodreads): Heroine, Bridget Duke, rules her high school, but when she crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has wronged, all of whom want her to go to hell. The outcome of these meetings will decide her final destination.
Mean girl of the school, Bridget, has no problem getting what she wants. She's no stranger to twisting the truth and intimidation, even her friends are scared to tell Bridget the truth.

When new girl, Anna, arrives and is instantly more popular and perfect than Bridget, Bridget starts to feel threatened. Feeling like her whole world is crashing down around her and everyone at school aren't putting up with her attitude anymore she races home in a frantic pace, losing control of her car.

Instead of dying, Bridget wakes up in limbo where she's going to be shown how her actions have affected all the people around her. But, at the end of this experience will Bridget be alive to fix the major mistakes she has made?

Bridget is the perfect mean girl that it's hard to sympathise with her. Throughout the story she cannot understand why people seem to dislike her, she doesn't think that what she says can be taken as an offence. Sometimes it was too hard to understand her when I felt sorry for everyone around her.

That being said, the story was interesting. Each of the characters surrounding Bridget each held their own secrets, which helped drive the plot. And, by the end of the story I did feel some remorse for Bridget. With a feel of Mean Girls meets A Christmas Carol, Paige Harbison has created a fun read with a unique spin on learning about one's mistakes.

Cover: I absolutely love this cover. There's a bit of a morbid feel among the peaceful scenery. It definitely paints a good image of what this story is about.

Plot: 3/5 stars
Ending: 4/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars
Overall: 3.5/5 stars
Recommend: The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Arc received from Net Galley
Release Date: 1st February 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: #2 of 20
2011 YA Reading Challenge: #4 of 50


Unknown said...

Oh I've never heard of this, it sounds interesting. Thanks for the honest review! An I agree that that is one cool cover. :)

Gina @ My Precious said...

This is the second positive review I've read on this one. I'm getting excited for it. I will be reading this one for the DAC.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Sounds interesting and I like the cover too!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great review, Cheree! I haven't seen this one yet. :-)

Anonymous said...

I was definitely thinking it seems like A Christmas Carol except it's mean girls - great review.

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Julie Musil said...

I've written down the title and author of this book. It's definitely one I'll be reading soon. The idea intrigues me, and I'm curious how the author handled the current setting with the ghost elements. Thanks for the information!

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