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Here Lies Bridget

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,664 ratings  ·  345 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, 219 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Harlequin (first published November 18th 2010)
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Rosanna Threakall
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
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Beth Harbison
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2010 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, 2011
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.
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.
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
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin-teen
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
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 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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-k The Lady Critic
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
A Canadian Girl
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Alex Bennett
I was a bit hesitant to read Here Lies Bridget, I must admit. I was warned beforehand that it is definitely not for everyone. But I was in the mood for a quick contemporary read, and Here Lies Bridget looked like just the book I needed. In the end, I am overwhelmingly happy I read it, even if there were times where I couldn’t stand it.

The plot is one that has been done time and time again, but there was something about Bridget’s story that I found different from the rest of the books like this.
Jessica B
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
Here lies Bridget is the book for you if you love Gossip Girl, mean girls (the film) or Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall. It is fast paced, totally engaging with some brilliant characters.

The thing that struck me the most about this book was how much of an utter bitch the main character was. Quite honestly I hated her throughout most of the book and I felt sorry for everyone who have been unfortunate enough to have had to come across her at some point in their lives. The first part of the story fol
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Here Lies Bridget could actually be described as a teen modernization of the old Scrooge tale that we're all familiar with in different shapes or forms. Bridget is not only the mean girl at her school but creates a living hell for her step-mother at home. She has managed to keep things on her side of the court for years now but this all changes when a new student enrols at the school and the fellow students start facing up to Bridget's mistreatment.

This sends Bridget into a tailspin of the worst
Charlotte Phillips
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Did I fall in love with this book? No not particularly. It was just overly cliche and very hard to read. There just seemed to be a lot of hard to hear topics written within it's pages. Perhaps it was just me being over sensitive to it, which is entirely possible. But for me the book was just too predictable for my own liking. It was clear what was meant to happen and what was going to happen. It very much had the feel of the christmas carol right from the beginning. The main character playing as ...more
 ♥Lynn ♥
"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 is importtant, no vital that you do the right thing with it."

Harbison's debut novel, HERE LIES BRIDGET, is breathtakingly honest. Bridget is the high school girl we all hated. She is self centered, cruel, and seeminly unaware of her actions. Bridget gets a chance to make things right, in a strange scrooge ghost of christmas past and present type of way. Bridget tr
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This book is about Bridget. A girl who was a "MEAN" Girl. She had no respect for anyone or anything. She treated her friends Nasty. She pushed away her boyfriend to the point that he broke up with her And had fights with her step-mom.

Until suddenly something happens to make her walk in their shoes And sees herself as others see her. This journey with her was remarkable. It is well thought out and well described. Great execution of each situation. The characters are likeable and you even feel so
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