Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

The three of them had been best friends forever; Bridge (Bridget), the introspective accident survivor, Tab (Tabitha), the feminist, whose favorite teacher is Ms. Berman who wants to be referred to as the Berperson, and Emily, who in September of this, their year of seventh grade, gets a texted request for a picture of her, and when sending a picture of her feet, receives a picture of the boy’s knees. And that’s JUST the first 20 pages. The story of the tight connection of these three is interspersed with another girl’s story (you may guess who she is), as well as that of Sherm Russo, a guy Bridge had never talked to until this year, and who is increasingly becoming more important to her. The story progresses until a supposedly secret selfie causes trouble, and the friendships are strained. I laughed at Bridge’s cat ears and cried at how hard middle school can be on so many levels. You’ll know these girls, and you’ll like them, and you’ll definitely want to hear how everything works out.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC STEAD)

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