I saw the movie before I ever read the book. Of course, it’s been a great many years since I’ve seen the film, but I still remembered the majority of it when I finally deigned to pick up a copy of this book after many years of having meant to give it a read. I didn’t really have any expectations going into it, I think in part because I had never been in love with the movie in the first place. Sometimes it can be hard to enjoy a story that breaks your heart and Bridge to Terabithia definitely enters into that category for me.
Following the life of a young boy named Jess who is hoping to beat out all his classmates for the title of fastest runner in his grade and the ways in which a new neighbor, Leslie, changes his life in a great many ways when she comes to live in his town. Anyone who knows anything about Bridge to Terabithia knows that it is a story of friendship and loss and adolescence. This is a hard book for me to review for a number of reasons, but I think the main commentary I have is that I didn’t really like the book or even the movie.
It’s not that I disliked or hated it, because I didn’t. I just never enjoyed the story. It’s one of profound sadness, but for me that was more due to the age and the tragedy than any connection I felt to the characters prior to it. And truthfully, I don’t know how that makes me feel but it definitely doesn’t endear me to the book. Now, I don’t think Bridge to Terabithia is a bad book by any means. I just don’t think it was for me. I could never really get into it and the book was a quick, slightly forgettable one for me.