"Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love." -- The New York Times Book Review Five Starred Reviews NYT Editors' Choice This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. 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? Each memorable character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating novel. Praise for Goodbye Stranger "This astonishingly profound novel is not your average middle-school friendship tale." -- The Horn Book , Starred "Stead shows how strongly love of all kinds can smooth the juddering path toward adulthood. Winsome, bighearted, and altogether rewarding." -- Booklist , Starred "[Stead] captures the stomach-churning moments of a misstep or an unplanned betrayal and reworks these events with grace, humor, and polish into possibilities for kindness and redemption. Superb." -- Kirkus Reviews , Starred "This memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred "Filled with humor [and] delightful coincidences. . . . An immensely satisfying addition for Stead's many fans." -- School Library Journal, Starred "This eloquent story of friendship, first love, and identity will resonate powerfully with readers." -- VOYA , Starred
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?".