Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Source: NetGalley and Harlequin Teen
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.