“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” - Anna Judge
Bridget Duke is the byproduct of a semi-famous, barely-there father, an absent mother and a stepmother who spends entirely too much time decorating. And this infuriates Bridget. In fact, everything infuriates Bridget. I blew through this in a matter of hours, because it was just that good. As ashamed as I am to say it, I saw a lot of the way I used to be in Bridget. She was catty, mean-spirited, manipulative, and selfish. However, she was not heartless, but careless with the hearts of others. Simply put, our heroine is a huge effing bitch, with a capital B. As she notices a dramatic decline in her popularity, she hops into her (used) 2007 BMW and drives too fast, getting into an accident and passes out. When she wakes up, she’s suddenly surrounded by all of the people closest to her watching her impassively. She is then encouraged to “walk in their shoes”. Literally. Which was actually an interesting concept.Suffice to say, I enjoyed watching her turn over a new leaf as she was shown how her actions had a grenade-like effect on everyone around her.
It’s kind of Christmas Carol-esque, and I actually really enjoyed the ending.
Ms. Harbison did a wonderful job building incredibly likeable characters and describing their world, right down to the very end. Sequel? Maybe?
It’s due for release on February 1st, 2011.
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