Friday, February 26, 2016
Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead
This mash-up is basically the story that Stead is telling in her latest novel Goodbye Stranger, which explores concepts of friendship. It's a difficult story to track and I'm never a fan of that sort of thing. Individual characters are compelling, but jumping around so often when the relationships between them are less than clear is frustrating. By the end, I had to sit back and just let the story take me where it wanted to go, but I didn't really follow it and that left me feeling distant from the novel. In sum, it's pretty, but hard to invest in. I'm reminded of Lynne Rae Perkins' Criss Cross, a similarly hyped YA novel that I found nearly unreadable (Goodbye Stranger, however, is better written!).