Finally, The Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

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This is the last of the “Five Books You Cannot Miss This Summer”. (Brush away imaginary tears). It actually might be a book you’ve heard of, unlike the other four books I reviewed. It was made into a movie starring a younger, shorter, (and chubbier) Josh Hutcherson and a blonde Zooey Deschanel. Clearly, this story changed their lives. It may change yours too.

The Bridge to Terabithia is a beautiful story. Yup, beautiful. It has become a slightly over-used adjective, but there is honestly no other word that can describe it adequately.

I could give you a complete analysis of the characters, and the plot, but in doing so, I might just ruin it for you. So I’ll contend with giving you a watercolor sketch of what the book is about.

It deals with glorious adventures of two friends, Leslie and Jesse, who rule an imaginary kingdom they name Terabithia. The entire kingdom comes alive, with Leslie’s creativity and wild imagination, and Jesse’s artistic inclinations . Jesse’s life, if you look at it chronologically, is divided into two halves: B.L. (Before Leslie) and A.L. (After Leslie). Before Leslie, in his own thoughts, he was just “this weird little kid drawing pictures”. Leslie coming to town was what transformed him into a king.

Then a tragedy occurs, and it seems as if Terabithia will vanish before Jesse’s eyes. He slowly accepts reality, and a coronation takes place, the ceremony giving power to a new ruler of Terabithia. The coronation, and acceptance of what happened, helps Jesse work through his grief.

I’d really like to know if you’ve read this book! Comment below, and let me know what you thought of it. If you’ve blogged about it, enclose a link to your post, and I’ll definitely check it out.

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