Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead || Review


Publisher: Andersen Press
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Source: Thank you Pansing for the review copy in return for an honest review
Rating: 2.5⭐


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?

This is a kind of unique story actually. Small group of friends - Bridget, Tabitha and Emily. They make a promise or a rule with each other of no fighting. As they grown ups, things change unexpectedly. There a few things start to come about. You know, insecurities, having a boyfriend issue, different opinions and so on. So, through this story it is actually bring back all the memories when I was in school. 

I love the story of it but I was having a hard time when I get confused multiple times in between all the POVs in this book. Going back and forth of each characters start to make me feel confuse and I don't thing that I connected with the stories and even with the characters itself. Also, there is a mysterious narrator in between the story that I have no idea why it was there. I was hoping it will be my favourite book, however, it does not become that way, unfortunately. There are many good relatable things and also issue been shared in here such as cyberbullying which is something that does happened in real life but then to me the story was a bit chaotic and I don't see where is the moral from the story and like it was thrown for whatever story in there and I couldn't fathom the reason any of these especially the mysterious narrator.

Despite everything, it is still an interesting one that might be work with other people but unfortunately, it didn't work well enough with me.