Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia is a book about two fifth-graders who pretend to live in a magical forest kingdom called Terabithia in order to combat how ostracized they both feel. It was written by Katherine Paterson and published in 1977.

The first time I knew anything about this book was a sentence example from an elementary school textbook. I recognized the example about 15 years later when I first read the book. My desire to read the book came after seeing that it was being made into a movie, and wanting to know what it was about first. I bought the book, read the book, and adored it, Then, I watched the 2-hour long special effect movie, and was thoroughly disappointed. They made Leslie, a brown-haired tomboy, a blonde manic pixie dream girl. Shameful. I have since found out that the book was first made into a movie in 1985, but I have yet to see it.

Review

Good

  • The book is well-written, exciting, and interesting through the whole story.
  • I love the friendship that grows between Jess and Leslie.
  • I like how it explains that bullies are often made that way due to things outside their control and should be helped rather than hurt.
  • The book hits you hard right in the feels.

Bad

  • Leslie's atheism is seen as a punishment worthy of hell by the townsfolk, and in the end, while there is some acquiescence from Jess's father, they don't really change. While this is pretty accurate in real life, I would have preferred a more happy secular outcome.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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