ARC Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Book cover for Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Goodbye Stranger
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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? 
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Review: Buzz Books 2015 Young Adult Spring

Book cover for Buzz Books 2015 YA Spring.

Title: Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring
Publisher: Publishers Lunch
Publication Date: January 23, 205

Summary (from Goodreads): This second edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult Spring provides substantial pre-publication excerpts from 26 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the spring/summer season.

Excerpts include new work from established giants of the field (Michael Buckley Sarah Dessen, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, and Carrie Ryan), an author best-known for her adult books (Alice Hoffman), and newsmakers including Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting Of Sunshine Girl, based on the hit YouTube series, and An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (already sold to Paramount Pictures in a major deal).

You will find a full range of YA titles previewed here —romance, fantasy, humor, literary and more — and you will find some works for tweens and middle-grade readers by award-winning authors such as Louis Sachar, Rebecca Stead, and Geoff Rodkey.  Continue reading