ARC Review – Don’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom

23361053Title: Don’t Ever Change

Author: M. Beth Bloom

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this!

River’s Review:

Wow, so I really liked this! Like way more than I thought I would. Seems to be the case lately, huh? Well I was initially interested in this because the MC, Eva, is a writer. She’s not published or anything, she’s just a recent high school grad who’s going to major in writing. She’s a bit pretentious, snobby, judgmental and thinks that she knows who she is. I was a little worried that this was going to be like ANOTHER book that I read last summer about a teen writer (who does get published. coughihatedthatbookcouhgh), but this wasn’t. Instead Eva actually reminded me a lot of, well, ME post high school and getting my degree in creative writing.

See, when you’re young and you want to be a writer you’re pretentious. Maybe you’re still pretentious when you grow up and want to become a writer or even become one. But when you’re young and don’t have a clue you think that writers experience pain and suffering and have the world figured out. That you go to poetry slams and drink coffee. Okay, Eva isn’t that pretentious, but she’s very harsh when it comes to writing and has a very set way of how writing should be handled.

So when her teacher tells her that her writing isn’t real, it’s good, but not real, she thinks that she needs some life experiences. So she gets a summer job working at a day camp and learns that she actually doesn’t know anything at all… and maybe that’s okay.

I really enjoyed the style of this book. The writing flowed and I was reading huge chunks at a time without even realizing it. This is actually another book I inhaled in less than a day so… yeah. I liked the characters, the ebb and flow of the friendships and relationships in this. Eva knows where she stands with most people and she’s okay with it most of the time, but there are times when she wonders if she shouldn’t try harder or act differently.

I loved her family. She has a wise older sister, a mother who’s basically going through empty-nest syndrome, and a quippy dad (who Eva totally gets her own quippy-ness from). I loved some of the Dad’s one-liners and the witty banter that the family engaged in was just so wonderfully refreshing.

There was ONE thing that I ranted about on twitter where a stereotype about another culture is dropped but I Wont write about it here in depth because it as literally only one page and didn’t have anything to do with the book. But JUST DON’T THROW DOWN CULTURAL STEREOTYPES PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Overall though, this book was great. I think if you enjoy edgy writing with witty banter and a fresh look at being a teen writer, then you’ll like this book a lot. It’s also perfect for summer because most of it takes place at a kids summer camp (which is so weird sometimes that it’s endearing)

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