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Here Lies Bridget [Kindle Edition]

Paige Harbison
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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….



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Breezy tale of debauched high school hierarchy. --Los Angeles Times

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"Breezy tale of debauched high school hierarchy" -Los Angeles Times"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA Ink (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054QPNZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a book for teens! 25 Dec. 2011
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The eye-catching cover design of this book piqued my interest, but the summary on the back drew me in completely, particularly after reading (and loving) `Before I fall' by Lauren Oliver a little while ago which this sounded pretty similar to. I have to concede that both stories are very alike, but judging this one on its own merits I found it a really worthwhile novel.

The book tells the story of Bridget Duke, a self-professed mean girl who rules the school but who has no idea of how people *really* feel about her until it might be too late. Hovering between life and death after a car accident, Bridget can suddenly see all of the wrongs she has caused, but only has a very short time to try and make things right.

Fans of `Before I fall' will enjoy this. The characters are well written and believable and though I did want to hate Bridget, the author manages to elicit some sympathy for her and you do begin to question the consequences of your own actions. More to the point, the book also covers some serious issues therein, such as bullying and eating disorders which I think is an issue that needs to be included in more YA books.

Overall, a very good read. I'd say this is probably aimed at the mid-teen market as there are a couple of curse words in there which parents may be wary of for younger kids, but hey I'm twenty-something (cough) and I liked it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as impressive as I thought it would be 31 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The cover caught my eye, the comparissons to Lauren Oliver's "Before I fall" had me intigued enough
to buy this book. And I did enjoy it, but it wasn't as good as Ms Oliver's story of redemption.
I think ultimately this is what its all about. School bitch dies/sort of dies..... School bitch
realizes that she is the school bitch and decides she needs to fix it. We meet Bridget and a lot of
her friends, her step mother and one of her teachers and from page one it is abundantly clear that she
is a mean girl. She'd selfish, self absorbed, obnoxious and just downright nasty. Are there reasons for
this? Sure she says there are and maybe some of them are valid, but she's just believed her own hype for
far too long and stopped being real. Doesn't realise hpw lucky she is and takes everything for granted.

Then things start going wrong almost entirely of her own doing. See you can't treat people the way she has
and never face any repercussions. Its what most people would call Karma. Her stepmother is in no way
evil. Trust me I've had an evil stepmother (fortunately a now ex-evil stepmother!) and I would have traded
mine for Meredith anyday. Her Dad sucks, that is true, he doesn't seem to care or be around at all and yes
that would have a damaging effect and her mother also being dead would have a bad effect on everyone. But
none of this justifie her behaviour.

So after things start going monumentally wrong Briget storms out the school and in her rage gets herself into
an accident. I thought the part leading up to this was very interesting and I was never bored but it was
perhaps dragged out a bit, or perhaps the part after the accident should have been longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've been meaning to read more contemporary books for a while and Here Lies Bridget seemed to fit the bill with its bright summery cover and high school setting. I also liked the premise because I've never read a 'girl in limbo' book before such as Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and I know they are very popular in YA. Also, the concept of a mean girl being the main character sounded really interesting because it's an angle I hadn't come across before.

Bridget Duke is your typical high school Queen Bee, pretty and popular but downright mean. She's the kind of girl who will advise her friends to wear an unflattering dress so she looks better and doesn't think about other people's feelings or spend any quality time with her friends and family. In short, she rules the school with her selfish, catty and spiteful nature. Characters are one of the most important elements in a book for me and usually I have to like the protagonist to enjoy the book but instead I hated the way Bridget acted for the majority of the book. Despite this I was still rooting for her to change the way she treats people and clean up her act because although she was mean, she wasn't without a heart but just thoughtless. I pitied her because she has a rough time at home with her father away and a stepmother she always argues with. Deep down in her, I could see the reason the way she behaves the way she does is she has surrounded herself with â~fansâ(tm) to feel loved and wanted even though this is not an excuse. My favourite thing about her is that she's not just your stereotypical mean girl character you'll find in lots of books but Paige Haribson has created her to be more three-dimensional and complex with a detailed background and events that have influenced who she is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 Feb. 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Bridget Duke thinks she's the "It" girl at Winchester Preparatory. She believes that everyone wants to be her or know her or do anything for her that she asks. Little does she realize how far from the truth that is.

When the new girl, Anna Judge, shows up, Bridget's life starts to unravel. Anna seems to slowly be worming her way into every facet of Bridget's life. Anna has become instantly popular, Bridget's evil stepmom finds her sweet, and the icing on the cake is that Bridget's ex-boyfriend, Liam, has taken Anna under his wing to show her around.

No matter what Bridget tries to do, things just keep snowballing out of control. She tries to cheat off another student and gets caught. She goes to throw a party and Anna shows up, taking most of the credit. Her friend, Michelle, tells Bridget she can no longer be her friend.

When she encounters graffiti in the bathroom saying "Bridget Duke is a loser and everyone knows it," it's the final straw. Bridget peals out of the parking lot in her car, only to find herself in some other place. Bridget has woken up in a boardroom. And to add insult to injury, none other than Anna is there. At this point, HERE LIES BRIDGET reminds the reader of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and the like.

Bridget is faced with past examples of her behavior to those whom she considered friends and family. As the revelations come to Bridget, she must confront herself and decide what she wants to do about everything.

I have to say I totally did not like Bridget. I guess Ms. Harbison did a great job with writing this story, because to me, there was nothing redeeming about Bridget at all. I found her ex-boyfriend, Liam, quite likeable, and surprisingly, the stepmom, Meredith, was a favorite of mine.
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Predictable

There were definitely some good aspects of this book but I feel like they were overshadowed by the bad. Read more
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