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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Stead Narrator: Kimberly Farr, Meera Simhan, Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781101916308
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This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
 
Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it’s the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily’s new curves are attracting attention, and Tab is suddenly a member of the Human Rights Club. And then there’s Bridge. She’s started wearing cat ears and is the only one who’s still tempted to draw funny cartoons on her homework.
 
It’s also the beginning of seventh grade for Sherm Russo. He wonders: what does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend?
 
By the time Valentine’s Day approaches, the girls have begun to question the bonds—and the limits—of friendship. Can they grow up without growing apart?
 
“Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love.” —The New York Times
 
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, NPR, and more! Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • ... [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 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
  • 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. The Horn Book, Starred review
  • A New York Times Bestseller
    An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
    An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
    A Junior Library Guild Selection  
    Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist
    Named to Multiple State Award Lists
  • 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
  • Stead manages to infuse her book with a timeless quality, particularly in the way she so accurately taps into universal feelings of trying to nail down exactly who one is supposed to be. Stead’s humble story is one that is deeply felt, and perhaps one of the strongest children’s novels of 2015 so far. National Post
     
  • This marvelous, life-affirming novel, told from three perspectives, explores the unsettling, pivotal changes of adolescence as three best friends start seventh grade. Buffalo News
  • A school story of substance and literary finesse. The Toronto Star
     
  • The author as usual deftly interweaves her plot strands into an organic whole, and between the multifocal plot and the exploration on growth and self-recognition… Bulletin, Starred review
  • 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
  • This novel not only sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love, it also acknowledges something crucial to the business of growing up: how anyone’s personal ‘we of me’ might look different a little while from now, and later still, different again. Meg Wolitzer for New York Times Book Review
  • Absolutely relatable and full of heart. Bustle.com
     
  • Beautifully written and perfectly paced ... Stead doesn’t talk down to her intended audience (ages 10 and up) or even to adult readers long past seventh grade who may well be surprised by the flood of real-life memories her fictional world dislodges ... Goodbye Stranger will remind you of who you are. Houston Chronicle
     
  • A moving blend of present-day and historic, romantic love and familial love, deep questions and just-for-fun pursuits. BookPage
     
  • [Stead] can see into the souls of young people as they begin to grow conscious of how others view them from the outside and how they feel on the inside, and she has the skill to illuminate how they grapple with these gaps and overlaps in perception. Shelf-Awareness
  • [A]s authentic as it gets ... This is a landmark in literature on the friendships of young women ... Goodbye Stranger packs a wallop of emotion that’s a true pleasure to be leveled by. The Brooklyn Rail
  • “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.”

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

Rebecca Stead has written three novels for children: When You Reach Me, a New York Times bestseller, and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction; Liar & Spy, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children; and First Light, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens. She lives in New York City with her family.

About the Narrators

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.

Meera Simhan is a film and stage actress who was born in England and raised in San Diego. Her first lead film role was as Linda Jones in Date Movie in 2006. Since then she has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Iron Man, Law & Order, The Young and the Restless, and The Mentalist.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.