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.