Bridge to Terabithia 2020 Reread

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is an amazing kids book. Anyone who has read it before will probably agree. While I will acquiesce that the novel isn’t perfect, that doesn’t change the fact I think it is amazing. I also admit that my love for this story probably has a lot to do with nostalgia from when I first read it as a 10 year old, wishing I could visit Terabithia and swing across the crab apple tree rope. Even taking that into account, this is still a great work of children’s fiction.
Spoilers Below
For some reason, I completely forgot about the ending of this book while rereading it and if you’ve even read the book before you can probably imaging the consequences. I’m trying to avoid the big spoiler, even though this is technically the spoiler section, because this is one of the big reveals you do not want to find out about in any other way then by reading the book. So, if there is anyone who hasn’t finished the book down here, trust me, you don’t want to read this.
Anyway, I have the audiobook version of this one, and it’s really well done. My favorite character, would be Jesse, but there are some things that just kind of annoy me about him. So my favorite is probably Maybelle or Mrs. Meyers. Why Mrs. Meyers, the small side character you ask? Well, I really liked her story arc and that scene at the end of the book where Jess goes back to school and she tries to make him feel better ripped my heart out. So, that’s why.
I didn’t include Leslie in that list, because it just doesn’t seem that she would fit there. Leslie is the kind of character that is so amazing, you can’t help putting her at the top of your list. That is why I think it was especially sad when she died. Anyway, she kind of exists in a higher tier of my favorite characters in this book, if that makes sense.
I would probably not recommend this to anyone older than 16. I just don’t think you’ll be able to relate to the characters by that age. But this book does contain messages and themes that apply to all ages, so actually, read it whenever you’d like. No matter the age, it will definitely make you laugh (and cry) and learn something.



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