Release Date: July 7th 2015
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell,Don’t Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I did make the mistake of reading some reviews of this book before I was properly drawn into the storyline. I did like this book more than I was expecting to, though.
One of the main reasons I liked this book was because I found it really easy to empathise with Eva. That was probably partly because she was a writer… and that’s something I can really relate to.
I did find there were some aspects to Eva that I really didn’t like. For one, when she was a camp councilor, she was really irresponsible. I did like seeing her friendship with the girls, but I found it quite difficult to tell them apart… only one or two of the girls seemed like well-established characters.
It was good to see Alyssa and Eva form something of a friendship. Even though Eva wasn’t responsible, I did get the impression that she really cared about the girls.
I wasn’t too keen on the romance aspects of this book, since I felt that Eva was leading on all three of the guys. I would have liked her more if she’d been more sincere and honest with her feelings for them.
It was interesting to see the way Eva came up with her ideas and I felt that worked really well to show what can potentially trigger a writer’s inspiration.
I liked seeing Eva’s family, though I would have liked to see a bit more of their relationships with her. It was interesting to see that Courtney and Eva were different and yet still came across really well as sisters.
I did like Foster as a character. I think it would have been good to get a glimpse into his head and see what drove him, but I felt that he really cared about people… and the way he was affected by what happened to one of the children really stayed with me.
There were parts of this book that seemed to be glossed over and that I felt could have been expanded upon. There were areas I felt came across as a bit surreal, too.
This book was quite easy to read and a fairly quick read, too. I’m not planning to re-read this, but I wouldn’t mind reading more books by this author in the future.