Review: Bridge To Terabithia

Posted: 25/10/2015 in book reviews, books
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Bridge To Terabithia
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Content warnings: mentions of death

This was such a heart wrenching book! But I still liked it.

At first I was reading it and I wasn’t really understanding the title of the book until Jess met Leslie and they “discovered” Terabithia. Because the book starts off talking about Jess and his family dynamics and how he relates and is related to by others. Which isn’t bad. If it didn’t start that way I don’t think it would have been quite as good. Because it set us up enough to understand Jess and make us sympathetic/empathetic to him.In it’s own way, it makes the movie more powerful.

Jess is initially a very lonely boy whose whole life is running, school work, and doing chores around the house. And occasionally drawing when he can sneak art supplies and time. His dad isn’t a big fan of his artwork and he makes an inference that if Jess is an artist that he’s either homosexual or worse because it’s not a job that will help the family. His sisters are basically the babies of the group and everything is his fault. At school he doesn’t have the greatest time ever either.

Then Jess meets Leslie who basically turns his life upside down. She teaches him to face his fears and to enjoy life and worry a little less. Which works until tragedy falls upon his family and then hers. Leslie also manages to help everyone escape from the bullying of an older girl, Janice Avery.

I’d recommend this book definitely.

Buy it here:

Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Harper Collins

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