Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

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ewma
Jul 25, 2019

This is a really great read it’s the kind of book that makes you feel good after finishing it. Just give it a try.

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Charlotte_Holmes
Jul 07, 2019

this was really good
the plot line was really good! worst middle school case senario EVER!
hope you enjoy this book!

Best book for girls about to start high school! This book was really hard to put down – the setting is very contemporary with lots of appeal for young people. I read this book out loud to my reluctant 12-year old daughter, and she begged for “one more chapter” every night. It sparked some great conversations about everyday life experiences – how friendships change, staying true to yourself, even the tricky world of texting and snapchat. I’ve recommended it to all my mom friends with daughters about to start high school. We borrowed the ebook from the library, but since then my daughter wants a copy of her own to keep and reread. This is a stand-alone book, not part of a series, but there are other great books by the same author. This author has really captured something special – I feel like I got inside the head of a young teenager and was better able to understand their joys and challenges. Not too preachy. Not too sugar-coated or scary. Just right. (Submitted by Sara)

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shangz
Jul 06, 2018

an amazing story about a basically worst case scenario in middle school.
although a great book, I did not enjoy this as much as the other Rebecca Stead books.
If you are looking for a novel, read liar and spy next

SPPL_YouthServices Jan 30, 2018

Best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab have been a happy threesome for years, but everything seems to change at the beginning of seventh grade. What do you do when you feel like you don’t fit in anymore? Other characters add layers and unexpected twists to their story. Can these three friends grow up together without growing apart? Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Kaya_D Jul 27, 2016

Cute book, not anything super special but I liked the characters. They weren't stereotypical or super predictable, which I liked. I didn't like the second person POV; the book sometimes seemed a bit *too* clever in trying to be unique.

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chenrong
Jul 04, 2016

This was a great book. I liked how the book uses the different perspectives to make an amazing book that links together.

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courtws
Apr 24, 2016

Mixed bag on this one. I was quite confused for the first 40 pages following the three voices (especially second person, as I haven't found I enjoy reading from that POV) but something about the story intrigued me, probably the mystery of who the second person was supposed to be and how it/he/she tied together with the other two. I liked Sherm, he felt very real and genuine, a good guy even if an admitted tech dork. And cyberbullying seems to be an increasingly real threat these days, unfortunately, though I'm dismayed to see this written for a middle school audience (I have an 11-year-old daughter and cringe to think of her going through anything like this in a year or two). I also liked the pull between the three friends, trying hard to get through tough times. It got a little repetitive in the third quarter of the book, but there was enough intrigue to keep me reading until the end.

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copicmarker
Apr 21, 2016

great book!

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bibliokrisp
Jan 08, 2016

Superb. Rebecca Stead gets tweens and teens--their humor, their hearts and what really matters. So much emotion and charm and great characters. For girls and boys, 11 and up.

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maroon_chicken
Nov 24, 2015

Goodbye Stranger tells the story of three girls' friendship in seventh grade. This is not a book I would pick up, and am only reading it because of the Hollywood Library's Mock Printz Workshop. I thought it was okay, even though I'm not into middle school romance at all, although they had a minor inaccuracy which really bugged me as a cellist: the book mentioned a cello case leaning against a closet mirror, except you would never lean a cello case against a wall, and DEFINITELY not a mirror.

samdog123 Nov 11, 2015

This is a perfect read for any middle schooler. The pressures of social media, family friends, and dating are featured, as well as friendship and what it really means. I liked all the characters and enjoyed this new turn in Rebecca Stead's writing.

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BUNBUN1978
Oct 13, 2015

This book was really good. It is a nice story about a group of friends and their fist few months of 7th grade. I really like the way the friendships were portrayed.Touches on subjects that modern kids have to deal with like the sending of private pictures on the cell phones that turn out to be not so private, but it also has a timeless feel. Anyone that every went tru the middle school and early teen years can probably relate to some of this.

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bluehydrangea
Sep 27, 2015

Rebecca Stead captures street life beautifully. I think she has a special skill for showing how people live their lives in public spaces & New York City is the highlight of this uneven tale of teenage friendship.

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brangwinn
Sep 06, 2015

This is my favorite Rebecca Stead book. It should resonate with anyone who has been in 7th grade, where life is changing and you don’t understand the rules. It’s about mean girls, about sharing “selfies” that you shouldn’t. It’s about finding a boy as a friend, before he becomes a boyfriend. It’s about stupid dares and finding out what really makes a friend. The story takes place in New York City, but it could take place anywhere there are 7th graders who find themselves in the Twilight Zone of becoming an adult. You don’t need me to tell you the plot of the book, just go read it. You can be a grandparent and still remember the challenges of growing up way before the Internet, texting, and social media changed the rules.

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thomd
Sep 04, 2015

Read this book aloud with my daughter, now 11 - our second book by this author. I'm trying to convince her to read the other two ;)

Primarily a story about the main character, Bridge, a girl who was hit by a car as child and now wonders if she survived for a reason. Her life and that of her friends is complicated, and this book dives into quite a few of those troubles. Other points of view include that of Sherm, who gets to know Bridge better over the course of the story, and an unnamed teen, whose identity remains a mystery until near the end. In addition to the complications and one new friendship, this novel has the ends of other friendships - the Goodbye's of the title.

Certain chapters of this book are just beautiful, wonderful and profound. My middle schooler found the dialog accurate. My favorite character is Mr Partridge (the stage crew coach). Well written, with beautiful scenes and situations, this book is a solid 4½ stars.

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maziethedaisy
Sep 01, 2015

beautiful book, amazingly written. although i strangely found it in the kids section and my library... hope to find more books like this.. and maybe a sequel.

in other words, my new favorite book.

BklynKalliopiM Aug 21, 2015

Stead's new novel is perfect for readers in the 10-13 age range looking for realistic fiction. Once again, Stead showcases her ability to tap into the mind of the middle grader. A sweet, genuine story of friendship, crushes, and school drama without being overly dramatic or focused on young romance - the perfect back to school read, and a new favorite.

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josephrnoel
Aug 17, 2015

I think that the plotpoint around cellphones/pics is apt. The flow is fairly choppy, with frequent perspective changes, and frequently shallow character investigation (even when considering the age audience). Maybe that's supposed to reflect/cater to the modern attention span of adults and kids alike. Still, there are great moments of insight into that confused, sometimes-impenetrable mindset of adolescence. I think this would have been stronger if the focus had remained more central to one, or at most two, characters.

DPLheather Aug 17, 2015

Stead's knowledge of teens and how they interact is superb. I was a little disappointed by the reaction--or lack therof--by the adults when the teens made bad choices. But there is plenty to talk about in this well-developed story.


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