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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
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May 26, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2015, fiction, reviewed, young-adult, middle-grade

This was lovely and heartbreaking and deeply enjoyable. There's so much going on in this book--from divorce to sexting to friendship to betrayals to feminism to first love and so much more. And somehow Rebecca Stead juggles it all, beautifully, and writes a compelling story of the ups and downs of middle school in the modern era. I'm not 100% convinced that these middle schoolers feel like real middle schoolers--the way they talk seems a bit more high school to me--but they deal with issues that I think can very realistically happen in middle school, and the resolutions and ways they are dealt with don't feel too neat or wrapped up too easily, and I really enjoyed all of the characters, so for me that's a minor quibble.

Although this is marketed as middle grade, it's the top end of the middle grade range--pretty solidly aimed at middle school, and it feels more YA to me.
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Reading Progress

May 26, 2015 – Shelved
May 26, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 13, 2015 – Started Reading
August 17, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015
August 17, 2015 – Shelved as: fiction
August 17, 2015 – Shelved as: reviewed
August 17, 2015 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 17, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 16, 2015 – Shelved as: middle-grade

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