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“Who’s the real you? The person who did something awful, or the one who’s horrified by the awful thing you did? Is one part of you allowed to forgive the other?”
‘Goodbye Stranger’ explores the shifting in your relationships in that transition from childhood to adulthood. It explores the relationships you have with your friends and family and also the relationship you have with yourself. A teenager’s life has too many questions and too little answers, and best friends Bridge, Emily and Tabitha are struggling to find some answers. Bridge has a new friend who is a ‘boy’, Emily is suddenly attractive and popular and Tabitha is a budding feminist. They had made a ‘No Fights’ pact back when life was simpler but now fights seem inevitable...
This is my second Rebecca Stead book and she is a whiz at writing teenage characters. The plot is quite engaging and the book also discusses some societal issues. I think teenagers especially teenage girls could get a good perspective by reading this book.
Enjoying the book so far - but another aspect of buying this one was for the cover and to complete a set. The one sent is completely different and in no way appealing. So, good read. Very disappointing cover edition.
I loved this book! I am very picky about what I read but this really hooked me in and whenever I got home I would come and read it. I rate this book for 11-13 year olds and definitely recommend this book!
I expected a more enjoyable read than this as it had quite a few five-star reviews, However, it seems to me to ramble on in a trendy way about nothing in particular. It was cast aside to join the other books that were not interesting enough to finish. It is possibly more suitable for girls than for boys.
I purchased multiple copies of this book for our multigenerational, multi family COVID-19 book club. Although it facilitated some excellent parenting moments for important teen topic discussions (peer pressure, friendship issues, etc.), it also lost two of our Zoom families and my 13 year old son who simply couldn't engage with the book. It was a tough start, could be confusing even to mature, educated readers and its more advanced middle school subject matter (boy crushes, sexting, etc.) wasn't relatable to the twelve and under crowd in general and/or to the boys. There were some excellent aspects of this book but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to recommend it to others. The first two books our book club read - on the other hand - were loved by all of us (grandma, mom and kids 10-14 years old). They were: "The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and "Summerlost" by Ally Condie. I hope reading the sequel to "The War That Saved My Life" ("The War I Finally Won") will be enough to kick start our book club after fizzling our way through "Goodbye Stranger".
I discovered Rebecca Stead quite by accident when I picked up a used copy of When You Reach Me. I brought it to school and set it on my bookshelf, and then was puzzled when none of the students picked it up to read. Eventually, during standardized testing, I decided to give it a try. Wow, I was blown away! Since then, I've read it aloud to several classes, and they all agree it's a fantastic book.
I was anxious to read Goodbye Stranger because I was hoping it would be as good. It is. Ms Stead has a way with her characters, they're quirky and unexpected, and I like that. There is always a mystery, in this case another story twists through the main one, and at the end you smack your head and say, "Duh! I should have seen that!" And these mysteries are just as fresh upon subsequent readings, even though you already know what's going to happen.
The main thread of Goodbye Stranger focuses on a group of seventh graders, and inappropriate pictures posted on social media. As a teacher, I've seen this kind of thing happen before, and I'm glad I have this resource now to share with students. Why is it a bad idea to post something without another person's knowledge? The message here is not shouted, it just plays out in such a way that it gets the point across very poignantly.
Too many times my students want to read supernatural young adult titles. This year, I'll gently push them toward this book instead. Highly recommended.
I am an eleven year old and I really liked this book. I love how you don't know who the other perspective is, (not Brige, the other one) until the end. When I read that part, I was actualy really surprised. I recommend this book for maybe nine or ten year olds and up. I also recommend this book for adults too, yeah, that's how good it is. I gave it only four stars because it's not my favorite book ever, and I have definitely read much better books, but I still really liked it and really really REALLY recommend it for every single person looking for a good book to read and reading this review and probably laughing at it. Anyway, I couldn't put this book down, I finished it in like, two or three days, maybe? I stayed up until like one in the morning every night until I finished it. Sorry, I am kind of getting off track here. Back to the point, Goodbye Stranger is a great book and I recommend for everyone. All ages over like, nine or ten maybe. Bye! Comment by: A mysterious eleven year old that talks to much and never stays on the point and is funny and doesn't know how a end a SINGLE FRICKIN SENTENCE!!!