Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Jess is a young boy who loves to run and draw. While drawing makes him an outcast at school, running is his ticket to approval. He plans to be the world’s fastest runner, until Leslie shows up. Together they create their own world called Terabithia and change each other’s lives forever.
One of the best things about this book is the successful blending of reality and fantasy. For instance, likening a female bully to a troll to make her less of a threat in real life. Then, making her human again by giving her some depth. It was great characterization. Also, the bridge made a good metaphor for linking childhood and maturity.
Another thing that was well done was the use of death as a theme. Not only does it assist in the blending of reality and fantasy, it makes a good metaphor for change. Grief was described well enough so that is tangible and poignant.
The one flaw that was in the book was its description of Terabithia. It seemed dull somehow. It was hard to visualize a kingdom when all you have is a few lines about the forest and some creatures. If Terabithia were described like C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, then it would have been more believable.
All in all, this was a touching book. I recommend it to anyone who likes a mix of reality and fantasy.