Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George. No? Well, how about Bridget Duke? In her debut novel Here Lies Bridget, author Paige Harbison introduces us to our new favorite mean girl, Bridget.
With an often absent (and insanely rich) father, and a meek and easy-to-please stepmother, Bridget Duke has the life that other girls only dream of: wild parties, a huge house, and the ability to get any guy in school. Being friends with her is like winning the lottery, but ticking her off has deadly consequences. Just ask Brett, a former straight-A student caught up in a cheating scandal. Or Bridget’s tech ed teacher Mr. Ezhno, who lost his job because of a scandalous (and quite fictional) affair. But Bridget is a mean girl, and mean girls always get what they deserve.
Bridget’s carefully constructed world quickly falls apart when Principal Ransic stops believing her lies, her friends start keeping secrets, and her stepmom starts fighting back. Not knowing what else to do, Bridget makes up her mind to crash her car. When she wakes up, she’s not in hell, but she isn’t exactly in heaven, either. Trapped in purgatory, she has eleven hours to make things right–or die for real.
Harbison speaks fluent mean girl in this solid debut. Her prose is fluid, realistic, and instantly addictive. I flew through this novel, and I promise that you will, too. It doesn’t hurt that the book is set for its movie debut in the coming months. For helping me to discover a new favorite author, Here Lies Bridget gets four out of five jars of Nutella.
Marna is a current high school student on the East Coast. Reading, writing, and music are her LIFE, as well as her friends and family. She is in the process of writing about four different novels (because her attention span is insanely short) and she hopes to become published very soon!