FCT: Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

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?

A story of friendship. Poignant and definitely the right voice for an ‘upper middle grade’ book. Somehow, despite being so different, the ponderous tone reminds me of This One Summer. The only thing that gives me pause is the ‘unnamed’ girl… I thought it was Emily at first, but I’m not entirely sure. Otherwise I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Onto the stack it goes.

Speaking of stacks, I already have a quote I liked:
Life was a too-tall stack of books that had started to lean to one side, and each new day was another book on top.

Verdict: to-be-read someday

Pages: 289
Year: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House