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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Don't Ever Change Published by HarperTeen on July 7, 2015
(Last Updated On: December 12, 2021)
Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can't "write what she knows" because she hasn't yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.
Soon Eva's life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they've even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer's blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.
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.
“Whatever you decide to do someone else has already done it, and is still doing it. So all you can really hope for is to add your own twist somehow.”
“You’re not alone if you have your books and your pen and your ideas.”
“This isn’t like a love story really, because no one’s in love yet, but it is a sad story because maybe we could’ve been in love if there’d only been more time.”
“We’re so literary, Foster and I; our stories have stories inside of them. Like how this is the story of a boy dying unexpectedly, but when you dig deeper, it’s also about two people finding one another after years of being right in front of each other’s faces.”
“I guess we’re on different wavelengths. And that’s the thing about wavelengths-they’re not waves. You can’t ride them alone; you have to ride them together.”
“If literally everyone likes you, it’s probably because you’re generic and bland, which is the opposite of what I want to be.”
“I guess sometimes you do something you’ve never ever done, yet it’s really not so pivotal. Sure, it’s notable, so you take note-there it is, noted-and then the universe nudges you to just move it along.”
“Maybe seventeen is just one of those years during that annoying phase of life called Immaturity when you haven’t experienced much more than a nine-year-old but you’re supposed to act like you have.”
“This all shall pass, even this moment, and this moment, and yes, even this moment, right now, that we’re living through right now, even if it’s a wonderful moment, doesn’t matter, it’s just got to pass. There it goes, and there that goes, and there this moment goes too.”
“That’s what lifts us up, us writers: we have our imagination, if nothing else.”