I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Everything Changes by Samantha Hale
Published by Bold Strokes Books Inc. on September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT+, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Raven Walker has never had a boyfriend. She’s never really been interested in boys. But she was always too afraid to examine what that might mean. Until she meets Morgan O’Shea and finds herself inexplicably drawn to her.
As their friendship develops, Raven is forced to face the possibility that her interest in Morgan might actually be attraction and that she might be gay.
Acknowledging the possibility opens Raven’s world to the excitement of her first romance, but it also leaves her struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and the impact it will have on her relationships with her family and friends.
That’s how the book starts. And it was surprisingly amazing. I say ‘surprisingly’, because on page one the whole idea of the novel is revealed and I got worried it was going to be too standard. You see, this is a coming out story, and a rather straightforward one at that. There are no side stories to distract the reader, no plotlines besides the main plot, and no plot twists. Everything was wholly expected.
But there is nothing wrong with all of this. Because the book was a) cute and b) necessary.
The characters are completely believable. I mean, read that synopsis. On the whole this book may be the most realistic coming out story I’ve read so far. No fantastic elements, no this-would-never-happen-in-real-life events, no impossible characters. This was a book teens – and questioning teens most of all – can identify with. That they can read and feel understood.
And you know what? It’s actually quite refreshing.
Throw in likeable characters and good writing and you’ve got an excellent book. And as a bonus the romance in this was really sweet too!