Saturday, January 16, 2010

bridge to terabithia by katherine paterson

i remember reading bridge to terabithia in grade school and bawling my eyes out. it was one of the first books to ever make me cry. when the movie came out a few years back i was really excited, but it was so different from what i remembered the book being. good, exciting, but different. i re-read the book for a book club last september, and i just haven't gotten around to posting about it.

things i love about this book:

- leslie's individuality;
- leslie's parents allowing her to be imaginative and supporting her creativity and quirks;
- jess' journey of self discovery;
- jess and leslie's friendship;
- the idea of creating an imaginary kingdom of one's own;
- the message about the importance of imagination;
- jess and leslie's revenge and then compassion toward janice the bully;
- the way jess' grief and reaction are depicted.

honestly, this book is too sad for me to read very often, but i think it is an amazing book. i consider it a must read.

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