Rebecca Stead's Goodbye Stranger
SHUT UP, I can stay up late reading beautiful books by Rebecca Stead if I want to! Because once I started, I just refused to put this one down. Stead focuses here on the friendships of girls--healthy ones, and unhealthy ones--along with issues like cyber-bullying, and first crushes/relationships. It's the story of Bridge, who survived a horrible accident several years before, and now that 7th grade is starting, she's taken to wearing a cat-ear headband. It's also the story of Bridge's two best friends--the three have vowed to "never fight," though a complicated school year might make that tough. This is all interspersed with one day in the life of a high school freshman--whose identity gradually becomes clear--who's playing hooky from school. Is this as earth-shattering (for me) as Stead's When You Reach Me? No, but it hits some of the same emotional high notes, and was just as satisfying. Highly, highly recommended. A.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in August.