Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A few months ago, I watched the film adaption of Bridge to Terabithia on Netflix with my boyfriend for the first time. I had never read the book before, but thought the movie was great, especially with two of my favorite actors/actresses being in it: Josh Hutcherson and Bailee Madison. Fast forward to Christmas, and my boyfriend gave me the book, which is just as heartwarming, if not more, than the film.


What I Loved

The Characters

The characters are truly what makes this short middle grade novel shine and leave a lasting impression on readers. Readers young and old alike can easily relate to Jess and the hardships he endures, are fascinated by Leslie’s unique personality, and will adore May Belle as a comic relief figure.

Emphasis on Imagination

My favorite kids’ books are always the ones which place great importance on the use of our imaginations. Being that Terabithia is a product of the kids’ minds, this book shows kids how fun it can be to play pretend and explore outside. This is a message kids need to hear when tablets and smartphones are taking up most of their playtime.

Life Lessons

Aside from the adherence to using one’s imagination, the book promotes other important messages, such as overcoming fear, being kind to those who hurt you, friendship, and dealing with loss. Even as a 20-something adult, this book helped me to reflect on my own life.

What Was Iffy

Little Description of Terabithia

In the movie, viewers receive a vivid portrait of what Terabithia is like, while readers don’t get much to go on in the book. I didn’t think it was worthy of a star deduction though, as it didn’t take away from the story. I just wish we could have known more about the land Jess and Leslie created.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers young and old alike! The story is timeless and is sure to be loved for years to come.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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What middle grade books do you recommend? I’d love to check out more!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

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