[note note_color=”#c4e2ec” text_color=”#ffffff”]Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead • August 4, 2015 • Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Kids)
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Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games–or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?
This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl–as a friend?
On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight?[/note]
[note note_color=”#BFD1D1″ text_color=”#ffffff”]I received this book for free from Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.[/note]
First sentence: “When she was eight years old, Bridge Barsamian woke up in a hospital, where a doctor told her she shouldn’t be alive.”
How do I begin to describe the cuteness and wonderfulness of Goodbye Stranger with its beautiful friendships and discussions about life, betrayals, forgiveness, and inequality? It’s a book that needs to be read by everyone! Everyone!
Goodbye Stranger follows:
- Bridge Barsamian, an accident survivor who’s trying to figure out her purpose for being alive; Emily, a rising popular girl, who has developed new curves and gains the attention of an eighth grade boy; and Tabitha Patel, a know-it-all who repeats the feminist teachings of her English teacher;
- Sherm Russo, a boy in Bridge’s class who’s dealing with the loss of his grandfather in epistolary format;
- and an unnamed fourteen year old, who skips school to avoid a betrayal that’s written in the first person set on Valentine’s Day.
I’ve fallen madly in love with this book, and you will too.