Friendship is the most important kind of relationship in Bridge to Terabithia: friends are the family that you get to choose for yourself. The most evolved characters – Jess, Leslie, May Belle – are the ones who are concerned with finding and making friends. And not just any friends. We're talking good friends – the kind who understand and support you, but also help you grow and continue to evolve. In the best friendships, like Jess and Leslie's, the bond they share strengthens as both people involve. They each have things to teach the other, they encourage each other, and they believe in each other. Friendship means helping people access and become open to a greater world than the one they knew before.
Bridge to Terabithia demonstrates that friendship is the most important part of children's lives, and is key to developing imagination.
In Bridge to Terabithia, we learn that participating in the kind of friendship that Jess and Leslie share is worth even the most devastating loss.