I guess I should issue a spoiler alert for this entry about the book Bridge to Terabithia? I feel like – especially since they made the movie and the book is now on every school’s reading list – everyone probably knows what happens. BUT IF YOU DO NOT…and you don’t want to know…don’t read this entry.
Nikki is loving "Bridge to Terabithia" & I AM WORRIED FOR HER HEART. I was so upset by that book I got angry at the kid who recommended it.
— Zoot (@misszoot) November 14, 2015
I tweeted the above tweet a few days ago. I have no idea why Nikki starting reading Bridge to Terabithia but I was remember reading it – AS A GROWNUP – and bawling my eyes out when one of E’s friends recommended it to me way back in 2003ish. I was reading it in my car (it was probably cold because I was still a smoker then and didn’t smoke inside) and just sobbing my eyes out. I WAS TERRIFIED FOR NIKKI. As far as I knew, she had never cried over a book before. She got a little choked up during book 4 of Harry Potter (she’s not further than that) and maybe a few tears fell, but Terabithia was a whole other beast.
If you follow me on Twitter you know she finished it last night. She had already started suspecting someone might die because Donnie and I – evidently – both asked her “When do you think you’ll finish it?” separately and she got suspicious that something bad might happen. I was at the table with her when she was near the end and she said, “Wait. Oh, no…I was right. Someone did die.” She sounded a little doubtful though…sad, but doubtful. Then she said to herself a little later, “Oh…okay. It was a dream…” But still…a tone of doubt and also a tone of questioning.
AND THEN…OH MY GOD IT WAS TERRIBLE…She just started sobbing and said, “It’s not a dream…she’s really dead…” and as she’s reading she’s just crying her eyes out and I’m crying and I go over and hug her as she’s reading AND IT WAS TERRIBLE AND WE SHOULD ALL BAN ALL THE BOOKS.
After she finished it she said she liked it, and she spoke a little fondly of it to Donnie when he got home, but you could tell there was also a part of her that really wished she hadn’t read it. It hurt too much.
You never forget your first biblio-heartbreak. Mine was the first book in the Dawn Rochelle series: 6 Months To Live. I had a weird thing for awhile for kids-might-die books. I rotated between Kids With Diseases and Kid’s Surviving Plain Crashes. I tried to find my FAVORITE Kid Surviving Plane Crash book but no matter how many variations I Googled to find it I couldn’t because I couldn’t remember the exact title (Something about woods? I know the cover. Girl in the woods, shadow watching her.), but I did find my SECOND favorite. Mayday! Mayday!
Anyway…let’s hope this doesn’t start the weird trend for her that it did for me!