Monday, May 16, 2011

Not a review, but a Rather a recommendation: 'Here Lies Bridget'

'Here lies Bridget' by Paige Harbison.
Published by Harlequin Teen.
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….

I recommend this book to anyone who has been bullied or has felt alienated by someone at school or in the workplace. Why am I not recommending this book to Mean girls and Bullies you say? It's because those types of people are so far gone that they don't even realize how mean they are. I felt that this book really helped me to understand how the mind of a Bully works and really, it's quite a sad place to be. I didn't feel the need to get all reviewy on you all because I think those who have read the blurb and other reviews will know pretty much what happens in the book from the word go. It's worth reading more for it's 'insight' rather than it's characters or storyline.

Also the book helped put the reader in a view point of how bullies are impacted by the torture they inflict on others. If you are a christian and believe in heaven and hell it is brought upon your attention that one day when the inevitable happens and a bad person dies, they will have to face up to all they have done before god and be judged and categorised. I don't believe in forgiving people unless they make an effort to change, but this book did make me feel sorry for a person like Bridget who didn't even realise what she was doing or what was happening around her.
So those who have been victims of some kind of verbal abuse, a few catty remarks or the like (which is face is, probably most of us) do yourself a favor and check it out. It may also encourage you  to do some good deeds and think more about what you say before you say it. I know I did.

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