Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
Smack did you hear that? That was Jess’s feet hitting the ground as he practices for his big run. The novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is about a young boy named Jess who meets and young girl named Leslie who just moved in, they meet and become best friends and rulers of their imaginary kingdom Terabithia. Something tragic happens to Leslie and hurts Jess in a way he don’t know what do without her and goes to his sister for help. I disliked Bridge to Terabithia because I didn’t like the speed of the novel, the setting and the characters.
I disliked the speed in Bridge to Terabithia; I believe the book went by too slow. The author could have speed up the novel in so many ways, at the beginning of the book when they were talking about him preparing for his run and we he actually competed took about two long chapters. During those long chapters I got bored because I thought he was never going to run. Mainly I thought she stretched the novel out way more than she should have and by doing so I got bored and I felt that the book was repetitive.
I disliked the setting in Bridge to Terribitha because I didn’t think it was described well enough, and since Terabithia doesn’t exist no one knows what’s its suppose to look like. When Jess and Leslie talked about Terabithia I don’t think the author gave enough detail about it, I was sad that my imagination didn’t grow in this novel. At one point they disscussed about how they would protect the animals of Terabithia and kill anyone that would try to hurt them. Since Terribitha is a made up kingdom I was wondering if there were unique animals and mythical creatures in Terabithia, and I was also wondering about who would try to invade Terribitha I didn’t know if they were just normal humans or dangerous predators or different kinds of villains. Mostly I was just let down that mind couldn’t get the concept of what Terabithia looked like I really wanted know how Jess and Leslie pictured Terabithia and how they envisioned the creatures.
Lastly, I disliked how there wasn’t many characters in Terabithia since it is a make believe place. I thought there could have been more interesting character’s to show the beauty of Terabithia. I could picture this place being a forest full of animals with mystical powers the ability to talk. I could imagine there being scary trolls, trees with faces and even magic fairies. I think that this could have made the book more interesting and held my attention. I like books that can take you to another place and make you feel as if you are right there where everything is taking place, as if I was a character in the story.
I disliked the novel Bridge to Terabithia and I wouldn’t recommend the novel to teenagers because if they are like me they would lose interest after a short time. I believe teenagers would feel this book is too immature for them. I would recommend this book for children between the ages of nine to twelve. I feel it might catch their imagination because they believe in fairy tales and magical places. I believe they would appreciate the speed of the novel, the setting and the characters more than what I did.