Our prompt: What book captured your heart? Write about why the first book you loved is the first book you loved.
mentioned before, this was the first book I'd ever read twice.
I fell in love with Leslie Burke on the first page she appears. I wanted to be her best friend. I wanted to go to her house and meet her parents. She was so cool.
I grew up in Maine surrounded by woods. At the far edge of the woods is a river. Of course it seemed like the Mighty Mississippi when I was younger, but is actually barely on the town map. We used to hang out at the river all the time. We never went in, the water was too fast and there really wasn't anything on the other bank. We always dreamt about a tire swing.
There really is no wonder why this book captured me like it did. I wanted to be their friend and hang out in Terabithia with them. Oh, what fun.
All of a sudden, I turn the page and Leslie is gone. Dead. Heart wrenching. I felt Jesse's pain. I felt like my best friend had just died too. Somehow the grief does not kill anyone. Somehow they all survive after she is gone. Somehow the cow still needed to be milked.
This was probably the beginning of my love for the depressing. I loved Where the Red Fern Grows, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in the Rye. But Bridge to Terabithia was my first love.