Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison

^^ US Cover (Different from the cover I have)

Synopsis: 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….

Review: Everyone knows a Bridget… I know in my school, we had a couple. You know the type.. the girl who seems like she has everything. She is spoilt, conceited, and she makes others fear her, which is why she’s so “popular” in the first place. She rules the school with an iron fist. She is nasty to everyone, even her friends and family. That’s Bridget.

Everything is peachy keen in her life.. that is, until Anna Judge comes to school. In an instant everything starts to unravel. Her friends would much rather hang out with Anna. Her ex boyfriend Liam thinks Anna is pretty great too. Bridget is not used to having her popularity contended, and she’s not happy.

In an act of desperation tries to kill herself in a car accident, rather than dying, she finds herself in limbo. And she finds herself surrounded by none other than Anna Judge. And her friends and family - the people she has hurt most in her life.

She must step inside each of their shoes and go through what it feels like to be friends with herself. How her cutting remarks make them feel, how her taunts and accusations have ruined their lives. Now she knows what she has done to everyone around her, is it too late for her to make amends?

I particularly liked how the first half of the book was from Bridget’s perspective. We see how mean she treats everyone around her and how ruthless she is. The second half of the book, when she has to re-visit these mem0ries and she what she has done to these people is from the perspective of those she has hurt. It really told a complete story from both angles which I thought was very creative.

Overall a very enjoyable and easy book to get through, what a great debut novel from Paige Harbison!

Rating: 4 out of 5

What do you think?

  • Angelica says:

    Glad you enjoyed “Here Lies Bridget” I was actually disappointed but here’s a copy of my “review” post.

  • Donna says:

    This is one that I’ve been kind of on the fence about reading. It sounds kind of similar to Before I Fall, which I loved. Great review. I think I may have to move this one to my TBR.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

  • Colleen says:

    Hello, new follower here!

    Nice review - I’ll be adding this one to my to-reads. It sounds interesting!

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