Parents' Guide to

Goodbye Stranger

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.

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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

great book

I thought this book was amazing
age 14+


This book is marketed as a book for 10+ year olds, but there is sexting and cursing in it. Not appropriate for that age group. Considering that the book is about high school students I find it strange that they would try to sell it to elementary age children. 14 (mayyyybe 13) and up would be better.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Out of the everyday dramas of middle school -- flirting, pettiness, new ideas, dangerous friends -- Rebecca Stead weaves a tender meditation on love and the ways it can both strengthen and weaken us. GOODBYE STRANGER uses three distinct narrative perspectives to examine every facet of love and friendship, from newly blossoming relationships to withered, dead ones.

Stead, a Newbery Medal winner for When You Reach Me, is finely attuned to the thrills and heartaches that mark the middle school years, and readers of any age will recognize themselves in her sensitively told story. Timely plot hooks -- from dealing with "frenemies" to navigating social media -- give tweens plenty to ponder but never seem forced or preachy.

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