Here Lies Bridget
by Paige Harbison
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….
Here Lies Bridget won't win any awards for deep thinking, but it's a great read for a sunny afternoon while we've still got a few left. Bridget is not someone you will relate to, or at least I don't think you will. She is truly one of those girls we are meant to hate. She's a bitch. She really doesn't like anyone but herself and despite her interview, I think her biggest fear is not being in control. She uses her words to keep people in line, but weirdly enough feels sorry for the cutting words she says right after she says them. If she'd just follow through and say, "I'm sorry," she'd be a much nicer person. But then there'd be no story.
Her biggest problem is Liam. They've been best friends forever and then they started dating and suddenly they weren't and she is still talking about it, a year later. Who is the new girl he's hanging out with? Will he come to her party? What does this thing he said mean? She spends most of her time analyzing what Liam said or did in relation to her. Or else she's cutting someone down or ordering her friends around.
The way Bridget finds herself "lying" where she is, is when she decides to "show everyone" they'll miss her. She takes the turn too fast and crashes into a tree. And then she has to face a judge and jury. Only who is her judge and jury and what is the price she has to pay?
Here Lies Bridget is a fun romp through the mean girl world with a look at high school from the mean girl's side of the world. It's a fun point of view to follow as we usually see high school from the victim of the mean girls point of view. They aren't as different as you might think. It's a light fun read.