Feb 012011
Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley and Harlequin Teen
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.
The plot of this book instantly intrigued me when I saw it on NetGalley. I imagined that it would be a heartfelt book showcasing the regrets a lot of us would probably have if faced with life or death. It unfortunately did not live up to my expectations for a variety of reasons.
My biggest issue with the book was that I never connected to the characters and didn’t feel that emotional “bond” with the book. Yes, Bridget is one hard-core MEAN girl (which I sometimes like a la Pretty Little Liars), but even after she started realizing how horrible she was, her regret and remorse just didn’t ring true to me. It was superficial and did not feel sincere. In addition, the second half of the book was in essence just a repeat of the first half with a few of Bridget’s thoughts thrown in. It literally felt like the book was about 100 pages and I read it twice.
I will say that Here Lies Bridget is an incredibly fast read and one that can easily be read in one sitting. I also liked Meredith (Bridget’s stepmom) and Liam (Bridget’s ex-BFF and ex-boyfriend) and thought that they added some positive vibes throughout the book. Perhaps if there would have been more character development of these two characters and Bridget, I may have enjoyed Here Lies Bridget a bit more.

  6 Responses to “Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison”

  1. This is the second review I’ve read about Here Lies Bridget today. The first one made me want to look into, but after reading this one I’m not sure. Books are finicky that way :)

  2. Hm. I think I’ll pass on this one! I have to connect to the characters, if I don’t, the story never works for me beyond a superficial appreciation. With a character as awful as Bridget sounds, I would have to really believe she wanted to/is changing and it sounds like her remorse just isn’t genuine enough to allow us to feel for her. Thanks for such an honest review Tara!

  3. I felt the same way about Bridget and I never really connected to any of the characters either, even though the premise was intriguing to me too I wish she would’ve had more of a hard time redeeming herself. Great honest review!

  4. Premise reminds me of Lauren Oliver’s Before I fall.

  5. I was so excited about this one, but so far the reviews aren’t so good. Sorry it didn’t work out for you.

  6. Interesting premise. Though I do like more action than characters just mulling.

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