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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?

Why Mindi recommends it....

Rebecca Stead is a master of writing realistic fiction with a bit of a twist to it. In this case, the story is told in three perspectives: Bridge, Sherm, and an unnamed character. The main conflict in the book revolves around Bridge's friend Emily, who gets in over her head sending pictures via text to a boy she likes... with disastrous results. The others in Bridge's circle are dealing with typical middle school issues, those we see happening around us every day.

The best part of the story, though, is the one that is interspersed through out the book. While Bridge and Sherm's stories move forward over several months, the story of the mystery girl is the story of a day - Valentine's Day, to be exact. I was taken by surprise at the end of the book by who the girl was and why she tried to hide.

Check out Goodbye Stranger. It's worth the read.