Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

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Published: June 2nd 2016, Andersen

Standalone/Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

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What’s the story?

Bridge has always been a bit of an oddball, but since she recovered from a serious accident, she’s found fitting in with her friends increasingly hard. Tab and Em are getting cooler and better and they don’t get why she insists on wearing novelty cat ears every day. Bridge just thinks they look good. It’s getting harder to keep their promise of no fights, especially when they start keeping secrets from each other.

Sherm wants to get to know Bridge better. But he’s hiding the anger he feels at his grandfather for walking out.
And then there is another girl, who is struggling with an altogether more serious set of friendship troubles…
Told from interlinked points of view, this is a bittersweet story about the trials of friendship and growing up.

What did I think?

I’m a big fan of stories that interlink from multiple points of view but unfortunately Goodbye Stranger didn’t quite do it for me. I enjoyed Bridge’s character but it was the other protagonists who I felt let the story down – namely Tab and Em who felt more like cardboard cutouts rather than living, breathing people.

It might have been because Goodbye Stranger feels a little younger than what I usually read but I struggled to get into it and I did find the story a bit of a slog – it’s because of this and I decided to DNF Goodbye Stranger around the 100 page mark.

Who would I recommend it to?

You might find that you’re a fan of this one (it got a shed load of great reviews on Goodreads!) but it just didn’t work for me so this isn’t one that I’d go out of my way to recommend.

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