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.
Little motivates high school senior Eva other than writing. "Nothing around here inspires me," she complains when a teacher gently suggests that her writing lacks depth. Although Eva's classmates and life in general bore her (something that bothers even her closest girlfriends), she determines to listen to his advice, so that her writing will benefit. She signs on to be a camp counselor and approaches this task, and her young charges, with a mixture of bemusement and the desire to transform them into smaller versions of herself; at one point, Eva passes out journals to the girls, who just want to play. The premise leaves the book wide open for self-reference, and Bloom (Drain You) takes advantage of those opportunities ("Even if sometimes I veer pretty close to being an Unlikeable Character, I'm at least aware of that fact," Eva muses). Even so, Eva's quizzical, observant, and slightly distant approach to her surroundings tends to sap the story's momentum as Foster, a sweet fellow counselor and fellow writer, and Eva's older sister, Courtney, do their best to help Eva shift her judgmental attitude into a more openhearted one. Ages 14 up.