February 1st 2011, Harlequin Teen
224 pages, Paperback
Teen Scene Book Tour
What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell?
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.…
To be quite honest I was not expecting this book to be a smidgen of as good as it is. I am not a “typical” mean girl, but from the lessons she learned I rethought some of my own words and actions.
Bridget isn’t as horrible as I expected while inside her head. This was mainly due to her bullying isn’t coming from a place of attempting to ruin peoples lives. but by the fact that she is self-absorbed and simply doesn’t think about how her actions are affecting those around her.
From the readers perspective it is obvious the negative impact she is having on everyone. Primarily I saw this in her interactions with Meredith. Perhaps, it’s because I’m in the middle of Meredith's problems, but it was the clearest aspect of how her mean behavior was hurting someone. I’m sorry to say I didn’t see how she could be hurting her teacher, Mr. Echnzo, as much as any other character.
Her father should have had a part in this story, but in his lack of involvement it made Bridget even a more compelling character. She did have some that would be loyal no matter her actions, but others simply had to take the actions they did in order to help themselves.
The paranormal wasn’t really the main aspect of the story. It was mainly a tale of how one’s words can seriously affect those around them. I believe this is a great book to give to those that are on either side of bullying. Maybe the bully can see how their actions are affecting others and those who are being bullied can see it from a different perspective.
I loved this quick read with such a strong message.