First, a big CONGRATS to Bookanista Beth Revis for debuting at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!
REVIEW: HERE LIES BRIDGET
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….
How gorgeous is that cover? It’s so perfect for this book. Bravo, cover designers! It definitely made me eager to read this book even before knowing what it was about.
One of my favorite all-time movies is DEFENDING YOUR LIFE in which a man dies and gets sent to a purgatory-like place where he’s assigned a lawyer and a prosecutor and he must defend his life in order to determine whether he gets to “move on” to a higher plane or go back to Earth to try again. During the proceedings, he views various excerpts from his life as the defenders and prosecutor try to make their case.
HERE LIES BRIDGET is a YA version of that and I was so excited to see a premise I loved explored in a new way. It’s DEFENDING YOUR LIFE meets A CHRISTMAS CAROL with a little BEFORE I FALL mixed in for good measure.
Bridget Duke is the Scrooge of her high school. She’s deliciously bitchy. It was so refreshing to finally read a book from the POV of the mean girl, Head Bitch In Charge. And I mean that in a good way. I loved to be in the head of one of those girls, see what they thought, how they justified their actions. It fascinated me. As a writer, we’re always told we have to make our protagonists sympathetic so the reader will care. The interesting thing about this book is that you’re *supposed* to hate the protagonist. Your sympathy lies with the supporting characters, the people Bridget wrongs. But she’s like Scrooge in that you’re rooting for her to change and become a good person. I kept turning pages because I couldn’t wait to see how that would happen.
My favorite portion of the book was when Bridget is in “limbo” and must literally step into the shoes of the people she’s hurt. We then witnessed the same scenes from the first section of the book through new eyes. We learned new information that twisted the original scenes and turned them on its head. There were some great plot twists during this section that took me by surprise.
This review wouldn’t be complete without discussing how much I adored the love interest, Liam. He’s completely swoon worthy and I think readers will fall in love with him.
All in all, I thought this was a clever take on a classic premise.
*Advanced copy provided by Netgalley.com
Don’t forget to check out what the other Bookanistas are reading this week:
Katie Anderson raves about THE LIAR SOCIETY
Christine Fonseca applauds Michelle McLean’s HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Signed Book Giveaway
Carrie Harris celebrates THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
Jen Hayley lauds DELIRIUM
Shelli Johannes-Wells gives a shoutout to IN LOVE WITH HARLEQUIN
Elana Johnson recommends Michelle McLean’s HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Giveaway
Jessi Kirby admires MATCHED
Myra McEntire gives some cover love for THE LIAR SOCIETY
Shannon Messenger commends THE LIAR SOCIETY with an ARC Giveaway
Carolina Valdez Miller salutes XVI with Signed Book Giveaway
Megan Miranda gives some love to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Lisa and Laura Roecker happy dance for Beth Revis
Shana Silver cheers for HERE LIES BRIDGET
Scott Tracey acclaims DIVERGENT