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Don't Ever Change

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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
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Published July 7th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“How about, ‘Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do’?”
“Okay,” he says. “So don’t do anything then.”

This was a YA story about one girl’s summer before going to college.

Eva was an okay character, she wanted to be a writer even when people critiqued her work, and she seemed to have a clear idea of what she wanted to do with her life, even if that included ‘changing for Boston’.

Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
'This is all I know: that I’m young and I’m about to finish high school and I write. But what else, what else.'

I didn't know what to expect when I first saw the cover of Don't Ever Change. I even thought it was non fiction and almost dismissed it. (See, this is what happens when you don't read blurbs) But it turns out, Don't Ever Change will be one of the most character driven book I'll read this year. Its filled with very simple yet realistic set of characters.

If you ask me what Don't Ever
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm officially done with this book, and the feeling I get is the feeling you get when you finish your Math exam and it's.... SUMMER!

I've decided to rate this an exact one.
My reaction right now:

Somehow I want to review about this now because I cannot bottle up all the rage and annoyance that is in my system right now caused by this.....thing.


Everything is just so wrong about her that I have to restrain myself from expressing full-on rage. She is suc
Kirsty-Marie Jones
I tried, okay? I did. I tried. But if reading 50% of You Should Really Change Don't Ever Change makes me want to bash my head against the wall because of how pretentious and unlikeable the MC is, what would reading the whole thing do?

My main issues with Don't Ever Change is Eva. I just-oh my fucking god, seriously. With every book that frustrates the hell out of me, I wonder what the next book would do to top it. This one takes the cake and everything with it. Eva is, in short, a judgemental pre
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the review copy of this book.

There's really not much to say about this book other than it was realistic and really something that people could relate to.

If you guys like Coming of Age books then you'd definitely enjoy this.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
**0.5 stars**

Originally posted at:

For once, I’m just going to get straight to the point: I did not like this book. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true. I should have listened to reviews, and left this book alone. But NO. Me and my maybe-it’ll-turn-out-different attitude made me read this book. I mean: that cover! That synopsis! This should have been an amazing book! No, no, no. I have never been so frustrated and thankful after finishing a book. Don’t Ever
Polly Roth
DNF at 69%
I think this book's average rating of a 3.00 says it all. When the average average sits around 3.6, it's clear that this book has to be bad. So why did I read it? Well, that is a great question.

This book is supposed to be about a soon-to-be college freshman growing up and moving on into a new stage of her life. It's supposed to delve into themes of friendship, family, and love. However, it does not do any of those things. Instead, we get a "story" about a bratty, egotistical asshole,
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This book is a great read for those of you who are graduating high school and going off to college. This is called the in between time where you are no longer considered a child but going into adulthood. I laughed at some of the things that Eva did and some of her choices she made. Making adult decisions was not always easy for her and she soon found out that life is not a book that can be written but a story that unfolds days by day and only when you become an adult can you write about teenage ...more
Rhea Dsouza
How do you know that you’ve read the perfect book for you? Do you see yourself in the characters of the book? Does the story appeal to you in ways you’d have never expected it to? Or does the book have to be an eye-opener? Something that you know you need to change in your life and the book shows you exactly how you may be affecting others?

Perhaps all of the above?

Don’t Ever Change was all of these to me…and so much more.

Eva isn’t the most easiest character to like. She’s judgemental and rude, a
*I received a review copy of book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly*

I had high hopes for this one, I admit. Not only is it pitched a perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan, it kind of sounded like Eva was my kindred spirit. I expected a funny coming of age story where Eva learns she doesn't have to change to write, and to discover herself. What I got was a pretty badly written book about a character I quickly grew to dislike, with little to no plot, an
Veronica of V's Reads
Eva was a fun character to get to know. She’s prickly and sensitive and hides all her fears very well by keeping a figurative perimeter around her thin skin. She has two besties, Michelle and Steph, and all of them are getting different summer jobs. And going to different colleges. Eva wants to keep their friendship strong, by keeping them separate–not allowing “interlopers” into the group, and this causes natural levels of friction.

Plus, Eva’s struggling with her writing. She’s always excelled,
Paperback Princess
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Fans
Recommended to Paperback Princess by: Fantastic Flying Bookclub
Shelves: for-review, tour, arc
This review was originally posted at Paperback Princess

Eva is a confident writer, she believes in her stories and she can write, that much she she thinks.

"I do like it, Eva. It's well written. But that's all it is." He pauses, choosing his words. "There's a difference between writing that's fictional, and writing that's false," Mr. Roush continues. "Does that make sense?"

"You think my story is fake," I say.

Don't Ever Change is a coming of age story of a girl finishing High School, kno
Jen Ryland
Loved this one! I'm sad to see that a lot of my Goodreads friends felt "meh" about it because I really liked it. (But I was also one of those who loved the quirky, deadpan humor in Bloom's first book, Drain Me.) I'll admit that Don't Ever Change doesn't have dramatic plot twists or shocking reveals, but I found it hilarious and wise. Eva, an aspiring writer, is heading off to Emerson College in the fall, but first she has to a) write and re-write and re-rewrite the perfect introductory email to ...more
Marta :}
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I know that Eva was supposed to be unlikeable, but still... Between the middle and the end, I started to despise her so much that I couldn't care at all about her journey of being a better person. And at the end, was she a better person? Why? Because she gave some calls and sended some texts? I didn't really feel like she was changing, I felt she was starting to realise people were starting to dump her because of her personality, so she tried to be sweet for a bit to get them back. That's all.
Dayna J.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
"Some people don't know how to begin things and some people don't know how to end them."
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my review or opinion.

This last year has been my year of contemporary reads. And I want to read things that are new and different. This book totally fit that bill when I read the blurb. The biggest appeal to me was the main character's focus on writing. She loves to write. She wants to be a writer/author. And she uses her experiences to try and help g
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Full review to come.

Updated July 10, 2015

The second I heard about Don't Ever Change, I knew that it'd be a book I'd enjoy. Eva dreams of being a writer and has just graduated high school. She will be attending Emerson College in the fall, for the Writing, Literature & Publishing major. Every time she thinks of a new writing idea, she jots it down somewhere so that she won't forget it. Eva decides that she needs to be a little more adventurous in order to bring other e
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
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Eva has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. So when she hands in her last writing assignment of her high school career and her writing teacher tells her she should focus on writing “what she knows”, she is a little distressed and realizes she doesn’t actually know all that much. She decides to take advantage of her last summer before college to gain new experiences and finally live a life worth writing about. That’s how she en
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was very intrigued because I thought I'd be able to relate to the main character Eva. Eva is a writer who wants to experience life in order to be able to become a better writer. Sadly, I was definitely NOT a fan of Eva and the "research" she performed for her writing.

Eva knows she's a good writer. But when her English teacher tells her she needs to write what she knows, Eva is determined to go out and experience more in order to write more. The sum
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found at

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication data is July 7, 2015**

I feel a little bit confused with this story. I can honestly say I didn't really get it, and that bothers me. I can usually see the deeper meaning of things even if it is so deeply buried you need to dig for it. Nope, didn't get this one at all.

I think the source of m
Lucy (That Book Gal)
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not much to say here, so I'll go right into the charts.


1. I liked this cover.
2. The MC was a writer! I'm a writer! What could go wrong?
3. This book contained very little cussing! Yay!
4. I loved the kids. They were cute and awesome and yeeeesss!
5. The MC got fired for defending a fat kid—she had good morals.


1. This book was fairly good, but then something gross happened and I went WHAAAAT?
2. I didn't ship anyone! That's a problem.
3. I was confused(like no. 2 states). I wasn't s
♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤
Basically a fluffy, shitty rip-off of The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting.
This was so, so so unbelievably bad. It felt like a parody of a book. The main character is a jerk who has a weird obsession with defining people by their gender- she says 'boy counseler' 'girl alex' 'boy Leslie' - it drove me crazy. The writing was awful- it was completely tell and no show, and i just hated Eva and the story as a whole. Crazily unrelatable, and everything i hate in a book. Awful awful awful, ridiculous
Hannah Harvey
Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
No. Just no. Eva is not a likeable character and she's not even likeable by the end.
The whole book felt a little underdeveloped, like none of the characters had a lot of depth.
It felt rushed as well, but at the same time really slow because nothing was really happening.
Personally I didn't enjoy this book.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an odd book for me. I liked the writing style and the author's voice, but I disliked almost every character in the book, including the narrator. I found her selfish, insufferable, pretentious, and not as intelligent as she thought she was. Every single choice she made through the course of the book was the wrong one, and ultimately she didn't seem to grow up or learn anything. I think she should have done the exact opposite of the title of the book, and changed a bit since she was one o ...more
Emma Stanhope
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really do think this is a book you won't "forget" to finish. As a young reader, it is hard for me to get hooked on books but I did enjoy reading this one. It goes through an age I can relate to slightly, about a teenage girl and how she spent her summer before collage. It was nice to read that not everything is perfect in a world where we are trying our best to find our way. I would recommend this to someone who would like an easy read, (7th, 8th, 9th, and maybe 10th. Teen). I would also state ...more
Aurora Dimitre
This book was completely middle of the road for me.

I didn't dislike it. I know a lot of people have some issues with it because the main character is completely unlikable, but, eh, she was all right. But I couldn't remember her name half of the time (to be honest, I barely remembered the name of the book half of the time). It was just... meh.

There were parts that I could relate to; her whole writing thing sometimes made me relate to it. But her pretentions put me off of that--but not to an ex
cece the bookworm
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
i feel like this book was lacking...i was expecting a more drastic climax. otherwise i think the characters are good and the plot is good, just not enough details and substance to this book.
A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.

My lesson has been thoroughly learned. For some unknown reason, I thought Don’t Ever Change was an LGBTQIA+ book. I don’t even really know why I thought that, and even though I appreciate having been given an eARC for it, I don’t know why I was approved because I talked about loving LGBQTIA+ fiction in the little “reason why I want to read this book” section on Edelweiss.

Anyway, I was hesitant to read this once I found o
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

Everyone knows I'm such a sucker for contemporary. Writer MC? Summer romance? Highschool to college coming of age story? Yes yes yes! As expected, Don't Ever Change was such a fun, and cute read for me. Aside from it being very enjoyable, I also found the narrative very honest and real, this being the main selling point of this book. I always favor character-driven books as opposed to those that have so many things going on but have zero character development.
Chapter by Chapter
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I had no clue what to expect from author M. Beth Bloom’s Don’t Ever Change. I’ve read her novel Drain You a few years ago and I recall having enjoyed the experience very much. The premise for Don’t Ever Change had my attention—a protagonist who is an aspiring author? Sounds about as relatable as it gets—and with that alone to comfort me, I jumped right in to Don’t Ever Change.

In Don’t Ever Change, Eva has just graduated high school. She should be elated. After all, the dreadful experience that i
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