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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stead can brilliantly summon what it feels like to be a young adolescent…[Goodbye Stranger] is full of fun and generosity, and…it is beautifully balanced.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A school story of substance and literary finesse.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Masterly…Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal, and love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion—another Stead hallmark.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Winsome, bighearted, and altogether rewarding.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Stead’s writing [is]…filled with humor, delightful coincidences…An immensely satisfying addition for Stead’s many fans.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The handing-down of advice and wisdom from older girls and women is a welcome theme throughout the book and far too rare in female coming-of-age stories; it’s just one of many reasons this astonishingly profound novel is not your average middle-school friendship tale.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “[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.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This story, told from multiple points of view, translates beautifully to audio. Kimberly Farr provides the main narration from the point of view of middle schooler Bridge, while…Kirby Heyborne reads letters that Bridge’s new friend, Sherm, writes to his estranged grandfather. Farr captures Bridge’s intelligence and naïveté as she watches her friends take risks she doesn’t quite understand and ponders her own changing feelings for Sherm.”


  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Top 20 Children’s Books Selection
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