Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge, Tab and Emily have been friends since 4th grade, and now at the start of 7th grade, there are things that just might challenge their friendship.

Bridge should not have survived that accident when she was 8, but she's still here, and according to a nurse, she is here for a reason. Emily has new curves, and new friends, and the attention of the 8th graders, and sometimes it is hard to understand why she does the things she does. Tab has new interested, and want to save the world and fight for injustice. Slowly, the friends find that it's becoming harder to stay the same three friends that never fight,

Anyone who has ever moved from grade school to junior high or middle school will see the differences between the three good friends, and feel for the girls as they figure out this new world. As each tries to find her place, they meet new friends for better or worse, and start to examine the world around them.

There are alternating(ish) chapters that take place on Valentine's day, that deal with a different friendship that turned out to be not as great, and how one older girl tries to run away from what happens.

As the stories start to intertwine, the girls start to grow up and figure out who they are, and how to be friends through all the changes. A great read for those readers who are struggling with friendships, starting new schools, or just like stories where things aren't perfect all the time.

I'll see you @ the library,
Katie

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