Here Lies Bridget
by Paige Harbison Published by Harlequin Teen
on January 18th 2011 Pages:
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 takes on the meanest girl in school… and gives her a dose of her own medicine. Bridget Duke is hands down the Queen Bee of the school and knows that she is in charge. She has the adoring girl pack, the teachers wrapped around her little finger, and the attention of all the guys that she can handle. But when a new girl appears on the scene, Bridget begins to lose grasp on everything that she has "worked" so hard to get. When Bridget gets in a car accident, she realizes that things just got a lot worse.. being stuck in limbo, forced to face all her actions, and only one chance to make amends.
The first thing I noticed about Here Lies Bridget was, of course, Bridget Duke. She is the most annoying, whiny, and stuck up main character that I have had the misfortune to meet in a long time… if ever. Knowing you are the best and being the best are two totally different things. And for Bridget, half the battle. As with Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, it took a lot for me to come to terms with this character. And it isn't always easy to forget that only 50ish pages ago, you were wanting to step into the novel just to smack the main character. But Harbison somehow not only manages to turn Bridget around, but also make her likeable. Which, for me, was a huge feat.
Here Lies Bridget is a novel that you will get mad at, want to throw (because you dislike the main character so much), and be 100% glad that you read. Despite the madness that is Bridget, there is a lot going on here. Redemption, overcoming fears and insecurities, and closure. Here Lies Bridget will leave you thinking about the effects that you have on others for a long time… I know I did.