I finished (and started!) Bridge to Terabithia last night. It was my second Newberry Challenge book. With the movie coming out on DVD soon, I thought I better read it quick. I expected most of the book to be set in the imaginary land of Terabithia and for it to be very Narnia like. I probably came to this conclusion from seeing the movie trailers. This was not the main part of the story, at all. This book was another coming of age story, a story about discovering who you are (seems I’ve been reading a lot of these lately), and a story of friendship.
My husband (who is a pastor) has done 2 funerals in the past 5 days (we’re from a small church, and these are just the 4th and 5th funerals in the last four years , so it is very unusual) and I have been very emotional lately….so I was bawling through the last part of the book. I think it is a great book that looks inside the grieving process and lets you know its O.K. to have the range of emotions that come with that. This is a great book…I heartily recommend it. Just have a box of tissues handy.
First line, “Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity --Good.”
Last line, “There’s a rumor going around that the beautiful girl arriving today might be the queen they’ve been waiting for.”