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Review: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Young Adult, Contemporary
Paperback $9.99 (224 pages, HARLEQUINTEEN)
Ebook $8.99

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...

Author Site: www.paigeharbison.com

Light Redemption Tale for Teens (3 stars)

Every high school has its reigning queen bee, the beautiful, seemingly flawless girl that everyone worships. Bridget Duke hides her insecurities with her queen of mean 'tude and a whole lot of manipulation. When her reign of terror starts crumbling, she finds herself racing down the highway to her death. But maybe there's a chance for Bridget, a last chance to redeem herself. While she can't undo the past, maybe she can find forgiveness for it. Facing the five people she has wronged the most as she waits in limbo, Bridget walks a mile in their shoes and ultimately learns how her actions matter in the lives of others.

Readers who love an over-the-top mean girl character might like this one. I found Bridget a bit lacking in true meanness, there's a somewhat sympathetic character hidden inside her. The way she treats others was mostly based on selfishness, passing blame onto others or trying to make herself feel better about her own issues. In that regard she's a much more real mean girl than the type portrayed in films. Her mean girl antics aren't even really that mean.

In concept I liked Here Lies Bridget. The actual delivery was a little on the short side, the love-interest was pretty boring and weirdly enough the most likable character was Bridget's long-suffering stepmother. If you're looking for a light rainy day read with a more true-to-life mean girl gets a nice-over this one might be for you.

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Notes: Received Review Copy via Amazon Vine.

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