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 escape the real world where they both feel ostracized. It was written by Katherine Paterson and published in 1977.

The first time I knew anything about this book was from an example sentence in an elementary school textbook which used the line about getting out of work like a grasshopper through your fingers as an example of a simile. I didn't know where it came from, but 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, who is 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.
  • Each of the characters, even the villains, have depth; nobody is two-dimensional.
  • 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.
  • It's interesting that Leslie, who doesn't believe in a god, enjoys church more than everyone who does.
  • The book hits you hard right in the feels.

Bad

  • Leslie's atheism is seen as a punishment worthy of hell by everyone, even Jess, 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 if the people learned more from the outcome.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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