First Impression: Yay I don’t have to like Bridget.
Synopsis: 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 .
200 words (or less) review: I spend about half of this story not liking Bridget, a quarter feeling very sympathetic and the other quarter not really being fussed. Presently I haven’t made up my mind about the ending but Bridget’s trial was interesting.
It’s a nice change that you don’t have to like Bridget. Actually she’s horrible and that’s good because with most stories you’re rooting for the heroine. In this one you want Bridget to get her comeuppance. But of course Bridget has reasons for being the way she is and as you start to learn them you can’t help but feel (a little) sorry for her.
Overall I enjoyed this, the writing is clever and gripping and Paige Harbison has mastered the art of when to give titbits of information without dragging the whole narration down.
Yes, bought New Girl because of it.