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Everything Changes

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Bold Strokes Books (first published September 15th 2014)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This was a really sweet and poignant read. A book that I read in a really short space of time and just read from beginning to end, mostly with a slightly charming, sweet smile on my face. (Honest!)

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.

Raven has been under soooooo much pressure from her friends at
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wonder if I'm too old for YA/NA books, because Everything Changes really rubbed me the wrong way.


Long story short: I wouldn’t recommend this book. Especially for you, who is gay and is trying to find your voice. Raven was under pressure when she came out of the closet. She did it for Morgan, not for herself. Morgan didn’t want to be a closet case, great, kudos to her, but it wasn’t fair to demand a kind of support that Raven wasn’t ready to give. This unbalanced dynamic in their rela
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was provided a free download of Everything Changes by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to Bold Strokes Books for affording me this opportunity.*


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 i
Justina Johnson
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
This novella was more than a delight and caused a lot of fun memories about my days in high school. What I personally missed was having really good friends as my family moved between my sophomore and junior year. That makes it ever so satisfying to see long-term friends be so congenial and sensitive to each other's needs. It didn’t take me long to pick up on the threads of the underlying tension that the key character, Raven, was experiencing. I definitely recommend this for all ages, but teenag ...more

I received a free copy of this title from netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and that fact had no bearing on my enjoyment of the book.

I was so excited when netgalley approved my request for this book. Look at that cover! Pretty girls! Snow! The promise of lesbian romance, which is tragically underrepresented in YA lit! Luckily, I wasn't disappointed.

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AWWWW, GAWD! This was a cute, sweet, realistic coming-out tale.

It's a very quick read, and relatively simple in all aspects (plot, cha
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqcsikr
Awkward and bland and a bit awful actually. But it was kind of sweet, and exactly what I was expecting. A generous three.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Raven is your average seventeen year old. She's gone on dates, she hangs out with her friends, but she's never enjoyed those dates, and she's always felt slightly different from her friends. She never knew why she couldn't connect with any guys. She thought it was because she grew up with them, watching them eat paste in kindergarten and grow through puberty. That is, until she meets Morgan. Just one look at Morgan and Raven is entranced. What does this mean for Raven though. Is she gay? Is it j ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good, clean, and cute lesbian novel which I would definitely recommend for a younger audience (hence YA).

The MC, Raven, is very likable and Hale does a good job of writing her in the third person. I prefer to read first person novels about coming out because I feel I connect more and the emotions are better expressed. But Hale manages to get things in that no other authors, from my experience anyway, have touched upon; mainly about how Raven can be touching one of her best friends, w
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: boring
I was into the book in the beginning. I liked the character of Raven, I thought she was funny and charming. I thought the writing was quite good as well, so it looked like a promising story.

But then it all happened way too fast. Morgan and Raven jump into a relationship after a handful of moments together. The writer fails to show us how attracted the girls are to each other. There is no chemistry, and I find Morgan's behavior to be really inconsistent. First, she says she's not ready to date,
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was good in that it was something different, and offered a different type of romance that you normally get in YA fiction. My problem was that the book didn't focus much on the romance. It focused more on the main character struggling with her sexuality... for about 20 pages, and then being pressured by her girlfriend, who she barely knows and has no chemistry with, to come out, even though she's not ready. I expected more from this book, and was excited to read a romance starring two g ...more
Read InAGarden
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
The focus of Everything Changes is the path Raven takes to coming out as (as she calls it) gay and her relationship with Morgan. While this is an important concept be in books, there is just not much to the process in this book. It feels like an after-school-special with a formulaic plot, pacing and a neat/tidy wrap up in time for a happy family dinner.
This book was very good. It talked about two girls who were in a relationship and I just could not stop reading it. It is short so I recommend anyone who likes romance stories that are short to read it. It is also very dramatic
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh. It was a challenge to be enthused about this book given the seesaw quality of writing, limited range of the characters' emotions, and the broadly indifferent (or contrived) context in which the main character perceives her life to have evolved.

EVERYTHING CHANGES is fiction at its simplest: there is only one character of relevance, there are zero splinter plots, the character arcs are predictable and linear, and there are no conflicts the main character encounters that she herself did not cr
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-reads
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Doug Elliott
YA coming out story very much focused on the internal dialog and issues faced by the young woman coming to terms with herself. The romance is primarily a catalyst rather than the end point of the story. Deals with a range of reactions, though the negative responses are considerably milder than they might be.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining yet Predictable

A good, entertaining story with interesting characters. It was a very enjoyable & easy to read. I recommend this book..
Erika Ayala
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
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May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: NO
Shelves: gl, never-again
*Spoilers included in the review*

The summary sounded pretty good. And the first pages were well made to introduce Raven, 17 years old girls who was never really interested in a boy when her two best friends since she is 3/4yo are in a two years relationship and a flirt.

The story start around Valentine's day, our heroine, without boyfriend end up passing that night with one of her best friend, her best friend's sister and three friends of the said sister. One basically saying during her first co
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, I originally was going to rate this 4/5 stars, then saw the reviews and.... Hm. 3? 4? We'll see how I feel after writing this out.

I do recommend this book to anyone who wants to read.... literally anything. It's pretty darn cute. Also, lesbians! Finally! A book about lesbians written for girls! I love it.

And I loved Morgan and Raven. I loved the cute fluffiness of it all.

I guess the issue begins about in the middle of the book, when you realise you've been reading about Raven's sexuality
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtq, 2014
I received Everything Changes from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everything Changes is short — short enough that there’s really nothing to the story than Raven meeting Morgan, recognizing her attraction to Morgan, realizing that she’s gay, starting a relationship with Morgan, and finding a way to come out to her friends and family. Okay, that might sound like a lot, but none of it is dealt with in depth. Even the characters are not very well-developed; there just isn’t time for that
Inked Reads
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

This book is a great coming out story. It has the ups and the downs for coming out as a teenage in a world that still isn't all that supportive. Raven is finishing up high school and finally figuring out that she isn't quite like her friends, and of course the catalyst is a love interest.

The plot has certainly been done before. It's the out-for-you trope that works because it so often happens. In this case, there's the added
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from netgalley for an honest review.

Mostly cute and sweet romance story about a girl coming out as gay and growing into her own self. This book was a fast read and I thought did a good job with portraying how hard it is for someone to come out as gay. The reactions of Raven’s friends and family through her coming out process, were a realistic and good range of how people react.
Raven’s inter turmoil throughout the book really makes you see through her eyes and how
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the book- it was easy to read and flowed in a way that made you curious as to what was going to happen next. I will say I was confused by the timeline- it seemed like everything was happening one day after the next only to later discover that what I had just read was actually a period of weeks. Once I realized that it had be more than just a few days the story felt a little less rushed.

It wa
3.5 stars.

"There are two kinds of truth. There is the truth we tell so, technically, we are not lying, and there is the deeper, fuller truth."

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 plot-lines besides the main plot
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I must commend Samantha Hale for having the courage to write about a young woman coming out when most modern literature still leaves young lesbians tragically unrepresented. With that said, I must say that I greatly enjoyed Hale's "Everything Changes" and felt that the title was particularly apt--the character of Raven Walker perfectly personifies the courage required to accept yourself and persevere when others might not accept you. This story made me smile, cringe, and tear ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.25 stars. This is a really cute story of a girl who is just discovering... or admitting to herself... that she is a lesbian, and how she falls in love (or at least in like) and deals with the emotional consequences of that. It is surprisingly well written; it is definitely a romance novel, but is well-edited and, well, doesn't read like fanfiction.

This is very much a coming out story - Raven is an enjoyable character, but she's kind of a stand-in for the reader to imagine themselves in her sh
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an advance copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

It was a great coming out story and Raven handled it fairly well. It had he anxiety and fear of people judging her, wondering if they’re staring because she’s holding hands with a girl or because she kissed her. It’s never easy going through life thinking you're something and then bam, that one person comes along that changes everything. Your perspective, how you feel, how you look at things. If you tell your friend will they look at yo
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for this free Ebook!

Raven has never been interested in boys, at the age of seventeen she hasn't ever had a boyfriend, despite her friends trying to get set her up with guys, she's never really been too bothered. But when she meets Morgan, who has just broken up with her girlfriend, Raven begins to fall for her - finally admitting to herself the truth behind her sexuality.

Everything Changes is a quick yet heartfelt read about the struggles of "coming out" to your friends and
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
This was a cute little coming-out/first love story. It wasn't very original - girl meets girl, starts to question her sexuality, starts dating girl, girlfriend wants her to come out, girl is afraid of what her friends will think. But despite its unoriginality, it was still cute and enjoyable.

My one issue with the book comes after when a boy kisses Raven at a party. Morgan gets upset and assumes that Raven was doing something to lead him on. It is not a girl's fault if a guy kisses her without co
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Growing up in a small town in Southern Ontario, Samantha Hale was an avid reader who fell in love with the written word in all its forms. She was fascinated with the way a book could take her away to another world and began writing herself, finding that she loved creating her own worlds just as much as she loved reading about the ones in her favorite novels.