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Monday, January 3, 2011

Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison

Released January 18, 2011

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Bridget Duke is the daughter of a former NFL player and queen of her school. She's not thrilled when a new girl, Anna, gains attention of everyone who formerly doted on Bridget, including Bridget's ex-boyfriend.

When everything and everyone turns against her one day, Bridget decides to show them all how much they need her. She races down the road crashing her car into a tree and finds herself stuck in limbo being judged by everyone close to her. Her fate is in their hands. Can she prove she's learned her lesson and will change her ways before time runs out?

Here Lies Bridget offers a unique look at bullying in high school. Bridget may not seem like your average school bully, yet, verbally, that's exactly what she is. Though she comes across as a very unlikable person, the reader sympathizes when she is forced to walk in other people's shoes and view her actions through their eyes. I've been through high school and have known many like Bridget. More than 20 years later, many of them still think they're better than everyone. I think every girl like that should take a few of the lessons Bridget learns to heart.

Paige Harbison is pretty young. The author is 20 and in college. She certainly manages to capture her audiences' attention. I started the book and didn't want to stop until I'd read the last page. While there were other things I could have been doing, reading Bridget's story became a top priority. My own teen is now reading Here Lies Bridget and loving it just as much as I did.

Moms out there might remember the Bantam/Loveswept teen romance line, Sweet Dreams, that was so popular in the 80s. Harlequin's teen line is just as impressive and certain to thrill girls who like a strong storyline blended with a satisfying romance.

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