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Here Lies Bridget

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 Ratings  ·  353 Reviews
They say that before you die your life flashes before you eyes.

You think it's going to be the good stuff - every kiss, every party.

Don't count on it.

I was Bridget Duke - the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their place meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there'd be a price to pay.

Until the accident.

Now, trapped between life an
Paperback, 315 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published November 18th 2010)
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked this for what it is as I am not it's demographic.

I enjoyed having a protagonist I hate and it was a nice fun read.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't know :(
Recommended to Sita by: Tia
I had never even heard of this book before I picked it up at Tia’s house and I decided to read it on a lazy Saturday afternoon. One thing I got out of this. I just wasted my Saturday afternoon. I’m serious, this book was that bad. The only parts that I actually liked were when she stepped into the shoes and became someone else. Other than that. It was pretty bad. So why did I continue reading it? I really don’t know.

So what was this boring/terrible/annoying book about, tell us in a sentence? (vi
Laura Kreitzer
I’m on the fence with this book because the premise is quite intriguing, but I feel like it didn’t come across as smoothly as it should have. Hence my three-star rating. Let me explain. The main character, Bridget, is a spoiled, controlling bitch. Normally I’m not one to throw words like that out there, but trust me when I say there are dirtier words I want to call her. I know it’s to show how awful this girl truly is, but it felt like pulling teeth—I literally wanted to reach through my Nook an ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Oh, to describe Bridget. Loathsome. No? How about hateful? Self-absorbed? Spoiled? Or just plain old mean. I guess one word isn’t enough to describe how much I loathed to see her wrap everyone around her finger. Reading of her exploits reminded me of Lohan in Mean Girls. The similarity ends there because while the movie entertained me… had me laughing and empathizing with where the meannies were coming from, Bridget was another matter altogether.

The It girl’s meanness was too much for me.In the
I really, really loved this book. I was a bit concerned that it would be hard to like given that the main character acts so badly for the first half but it seriously surprised me. In no time at all, I found myself empathising with Bridget and willing everything to work out for her. When Bridget crashes her car in a fit of madness, she's sent to a boardroom full of people she has terrorized during her life. From there, she literally steps into the shoes of the people she has wronged and sees hers ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kutipan Terfavorit
"... semua orang memang harus berubah, walaupun waktunya berbeda-beda. Dan, jika kau mau berubah, lakukan saja. jangan menghabiskan waktu untuk mengkhawatirkan apakah seluruh dunia akan memaafkanmu. Meskipun tak ada orang yang kau kenal mau memaafkanmu, jangan khawatir. Kau akan bertemu orang-orang baru. Kau akan memperlakukan orang-prang baru itu dengan lebih baik" (halaman 219)

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Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this annoyed me quite a few times, so I can't say I liked them.

There were a few parts in this where I felt a bit bored, but it was an okay read overall.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O tejto knihe sa nedá veľa písať. Dokonale ju vystihne veta „Bridget je mrcha!“ A to sa niekomu páči a niekomu nie. Podľa doterajšieho hodnotenia na goodreads (3,44 pri 507 ratingoch ku dňu 13.2.2012) to s knihou nevyzerá ružovo. No mne sa páčila. Veľmi! To, že Bridget nebola dokonalá a vlastne ani typicky kladná hrdinka bolo osviežujúce. Bolo to iné. Kontroverzné. To je to správe slovo, ktoré vystihuje túto knihu. Kontroverzné.
Bridget je sviňa na všetkých naokolo. Bridget umrie. Bridget prežije
Beth Harbison
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bridget's supposed to be a bitch. That's the whole point. It's a tale of redemption. I CERTAINLY understand why some readers didn't warm to her right away, or perhaps ever, but as authors we don't always aim to make you relate to the main character...just to make you wonder what happens to him or her. So my question to anyone who didn't like Bridget is this: did you read the whole book to see what happened? If so, score!

Also, I need to read BEFORE I FALL now, as the reference has been made a few
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I did find similiarities in the main characters however between Before I fall and Here Lies Bridget. Bridget, lets face it was a mean girl! As you read you almost want to say that she deserves what she gets, but really nobody deserves to die, no matter what. Of course this book takes on a different look at bullying in schools that really needs to be acknowledged more. It's explained really easily in this story, it's just her behavior and she is really just not aware of how her behavior is viewed ...more
I struggled with this book and in the end I couldn't finish it. The whole mean girl story line is really not my thing and also I just couldn't connect with Bridget. There are a lot of positive reviews for this book on goodreads so I really think this was just a case of not my type of book rather than the writing.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harquelin for providing me with a copy.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, owned-books, 2015
Lässt sich sehr gut lesen und ist auch eine gute Story. Empfehlenswert !
Kitty Montamer
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-2014, 4, read-2014
Der erste Satz:
Ich trat das Gaspedal durch.

Meine Meinung:
Bridget ist eins der beliebtesten Mädchen in ihrer Schule. Alle bewundern und beneiden sie. Dies ändert sich jedoch schlagartig, als Anna neu in die Schule kommt. Plötzlich scheint Bridget in ihrem Schatten zu stehen, was sie sich unter keine Umständen bieten lassen kann. Sie fängt an, aus allen Situationen das Beste für sich herauszuholen und geht dabei über Leichen. Wie es den anderen dabei ergeht, interessiert sie nicht. Ihr eige
Madeline O'Rourke
Yeah, this was pretty crap. Just a whole lot of caricatures and a none-too-amazing storyline. Fairly predictable, boring, and very of its time. Harbison does show promise as a writer, but her talents are not well-utilised in such a story.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was Bridget will, setzt sie durch. Immer. Zuhause macht sie ihrer Stiefmutter das Leben zur Hölle, in der Schule tanzen alle nach ihrer Pfeife. Bis eine Neue auf die Winchester Prep kommt: Anna Judge - Judge wie Richterin. Und mit Anna ändert sich alles: Die Lehrer fallen nicht mehr auf Bridgets Masche rein, ihr Fan-Club verkleinert sich blitzartig. Als eines Tages sich auch noch ihr Freund Liam abwendet, baut Bridget, total irritiert, einen katastrophalen Unfall! Sie ist nicht tot - aber auch n ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Bridget Duke is the girl everyone loves to hate. She might think everyone worships her and wants to be her, but deep down they're all afraid of her. Even her best friends, Jillian and Michelle. But Bridget has a secret: underneath all that make-up and couture, she's just an angry, insecure girl. That's why she lies, manipulates, and causes trouble wherever she goes.

Bridget's status as the Queen Bee is jeopardized when new girl in school Anna Judge wins over her classmates--just by being nice to
Jamie Kline
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: net-galley
My opinion: I absolutely ADORED this book! I was sucked in by the first chapter and just could not put it down! Everyone needs to read this! Ok, so it starts out with Bridget Duke describing recklessly driving her car because she is so upset by the turn of events in her life. As she goes of the road, she goes back in her life story to explain how she got to that point. She was basically the mean girl of her high school (a prep school). Everyone wanted to be her friend, either because they wanted ...more
Synopsis: Bridget Duke has it all. A famous father, all the clothes and friends money can buy, and the entire school at her feet. But does she really have it all? Maybe all Bridget truly has is a distant dad, a deceased mother, and a broken heart. Minutes away from her death, Bridget is about to face the truths she's always be hidden from. Take a journey down the roads of life in Paige Harbison's clever and harrowing novel that shows just how broken one girl can be.

Here Lies Bridget was... so mu
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still slightly reeling from the bevy of emotions that this book made me go through. I only hope that this review turns out to be coherent enough for you to read. If for some reason it's not, let me start out with saying this: Bridget is NOT easy to love. Let's put it this way...Bridget is....well I'd love to use a choice expletive here, but I have young readers so, yeah. Bridget is a witch. Let's just start out with that.

When I first opened the pages of Here Lies Bridget I couldn't get over
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Here Lies Bridget is the story of teenage Bridget who rules her small town high school by fear. She's manipulative, catty, superior, and is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it, and from whom she wants it. She never thought anyone would dare to argue back. When a series of her lies and manipulations spirals out of control and she begins to lose her grip as queen bee, Bridget makes a rash decision landing her in a limbo with a jury of her peers. Can she redeem herself in time, or wil ...more
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
Here Lies Bridget was a very fast read with a really great concept. Bridget is the Queen Bee in her high school and she treats people horribly even her closest friends. We've read about this type of characters before in other books but in this one we get the story from her point of view, we get to see what the mean girl really thinks and why she acts the way she does.

I thought Paige Harbison did a great job on Bridget, she created a very realistic mean character that you can't help but really h
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Bridget Duke is the queen bee of her high school. She has pretty much everything she wants, except for her mother (who died), her boyfriend (who broke up with her) and her father (who's a popular sports announcer and rarely home). Still, she has friends, a nice house, throws great parties and is totally hot and idolized by everyone. Everything starts going downhill though when a new girl arrives at school. The new girl is a genuinely sweet person and everyone likes her better. And of course once ...more
Bridget Duke is the queen bee of her school. She decides who is cool or uncool, and everybody is jealous of her. So she thinks. After a few key events where she treats others cruelly, and a new, perfect girl enters school, she starts to lose control of those around her. People who were her friends begin standing up for themselves, and her classmates go from worshiping her to ridiculing her. In a fit of anger, she races her car with reckless abandon…and ends up in a kind of purgatory where she mu ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harlequin for allowing me to read and review Here Lies Bridget, it was beautiful!

Bridget Duke knows what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. Literally.

Bridget rules over her school with no mercy, stripping them of their self-esteem with her double-edged remarks, feeding on their insecurities. Almost everyone loves her, only because they’re afraid not to. Even those that Bridget calls friends are hurt by her careless remarks and gestures. So what happens
-k The Lady Critic
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, for-review
I hated Bridget. Really, I loathed her, which shows just how well written she is. At the very beginning, I felt a little sorry for her but as the ages kept turning and the story unfolded I just wanted to slap some sense into her. And some morality. She was just such a bitch to everyone and spoiled little princess that in any other book it would make you stop reading... but Bridget’s train wreck of a life was like those gruesome scenes that you just couldn’t tear your eyes away from.

The entire f

Bridget je bitch. Nedávno som videla krásny preklad tohto slova do slovenčiny - beštia. Takže Bridget je beštia. Nie je to blonďatá-prsatá kráľovná strednej školy - stačil jej titul princeznej. Je to ten typ dievčaťa, čo púta všetky pohľady, dav na chodbách sa pred ňou rozostupuje, je z bohatej rodiny, usporadúva najpopulárnejšie párty, manipuluje svojimi priateľkami, je drzá, egoistická, zahľadená do seba, klame, okato flirtuje, a hlavná hrdinka ju od prvého stretnutia nená
A Canadian Girl
I decided to request Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison because it sounded very similar to Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, one of my favourite reads of 2010.

Harbison’s novel begins with a prologue in which Bridget is speeding and crashes her car before taking the reader back a few weeks in time to reveal how she got into her current predicament. In the present moment then, Bridget ends up in limbo and has to walk in the shoes of some of her friends and stepmother to see the consequences of her t
Jessica B
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-debut

Here Lies Bridget was a short book, and while it's plot had me intrigued enough, I never really connected to it's characters.

The first half of Here Lies Bridget is Mean Girls without the humor, and the second half is A Christmas Carol without the ghosts. It was interesting enough, but for some reason something about it was a bit off to me. I went into the book expecting more of a unique paranormal element than I got, and honestly I think that threw me off.

I neve
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book! I totally enjoyed reading it, although it is not perfect.
Well, let's start like this.
In the first half of the book Bridget is nothing but a bitch. Like, a real one!

I wanted to slap her really hard. She totally deserves it.

She is mean to her friends, to the boy who dumped her because she is such a mean bitch. Her stepmother tries her best to comfort Bridget but this little... is unthankful and blaiming Meredith for all her problems although it is only her own fault.

But then she ha
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“I fell asleep, slipping into the kind of dreams that aren’t dreams at all -- just memories with all the details you never thought you’d remember and couldn’t believe you’d forgotten.” 18 likes
“I want you to understand how people see you, and how your actions matter...You must learn that your place in the world is important. You've been given the power to affect people, just as we all have, and it's important -- no, vital -- that you do the right thing with it.” 12 likes
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