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August 6, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

goodbye stranger - rebecca stead

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?


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.

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.

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