Saturday, October 17, 2015

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

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?

This insomniac's opinion: 

Somehow, Rebecca Stead has managed to write a novel that sends it's reader smack back into adolescence. This was a brutally honest and warm novel about Bridge, a seventh grader that had a recent accident and is wondering why she is alive and second-guessing everything about her life. I was in love with her awkward sweetness immediately. 

The novel progresses as Bridge's friendships begin to change and she finds herself seeking out peace anywhere that she can find it. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

This is truly lovely adolescent fiction and I think most readers will want to read to the finish in one sitting. 


4.5 stars - honestly, if you have a middle schooler/early high school girl in your life- get them a copy, stat!


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