Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?"
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307980854
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource


From Library Staff

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.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 02, 2017


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.

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.

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.

Apr 21, 2016

great book!

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.

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.

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.

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.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Mar 19, 2017

black_rabbit_207 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

Nov 24, 2015

maroon_chicken thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

Sep 26, 2015

blue_panda_1491 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Sep 01, 2015

maziethedaisy thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top