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Published: 
September 2020
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 
978-1338325034

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The Bridge

Author: 
Bill Konigsberg

Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. But what results is far from straightforward in this absorbing, honest lifesaver from acclaimed author Bill Konigsberg.

Aaron and Tillie don't know each other, but they are both feeling suicidal and arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same time, intending to jump. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn't sure what her problem is — only that she will never be good enough.

On the bridge, there are four things that could happen:

Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn't.

Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn't.

They both jump.

Neither of them jumps.

Or maybe all four things happen, in this astonishing and insightful novel from Bill Konigsberg.

Bio

Bill Konigsberg, a former sportswriter, holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Arizona State University, which he earned in 2005.

Praise for this book

"A heartbreaking bridge into depression supported by a strong foundation of hope."

Kirkus Reviews

"Konigsberg's approach underscores depression's coercive power and the gifts of human connection, and he sharpens a universal story by populating it with distinctly individual characters."

Publishers Weekly, starred review