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Subject to Change

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Declan's life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents' divorce, his older brother's delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father's five-year absence is a constant source of pain and anger. When he finds ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Orca Book Publishers
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from a Goodreads First-reads. This did not influence my review.

Subject to Change was my first book by author Karen Nesbitt so I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleased with what I read. Declan is a senior in high school and not doing well academicly. The school principal and his counselor enlist him to get a tutor. He was against this but Leah, his tutor, is really nice looking so he decides to go along with it. He doesn't think someone like her could never like
***********GIVEAWAY WIN***********
This book was amazing!!!
This arrived in my post from a recent giveaway win.
The author has a magical way of making everyday banter and activities something you are excited to keep reading!
My only real disappointment with the book was the way it ended leaving some questions unanswered for me.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
*2.5-3/5 stars*
To be honest, I was kind of baffled with some of these characters. Full review here


Reviews are slowly coming -- I swear!
This book just really shook me to the core- Declan is this 15 year old living in Quebec with many, many adverse things going on in his life...and he is just so tired. Declan is not a good student, skips detentions a lot, hates his older brother, suffers silently about his family's dysfunction since his parent's divorce. Declan does have a job at an ice skating rink to help his mom out with bills, his angry, angry older brother bullies him and asks for money, his mom (after the divorce) has a job ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, teen
I thought this book was alright. I can definitely see people enjoying it; I know I would have adored this if I were still 11-12 years old. That being due to the narrative voice and the completely stereotypical characters.
It just felt like someone in their 30s trying to write teenagers. Bad boy loves heavy rock (loved the references though) and smokes pot and comes from a damaged home life. Little Miss Perfect gets good grades and has a loving and rich family, but there's a twist! She loves to
Merrilyn Tucker
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nesbitt opens her novel with teenage Declan's life in a slump. He has no motivation at school, is employed at the canteen at the local skating rink, and lives with his mother and mostly-absent brother, Seamus, in a run-down trailer at the edge of town. Dad has been out of the picture for five years, or so Declan thought until he ran into his father at Declan's sister's house. Now Dec has to face the real reason Dad left the family (he is gay) and why Seamus is so destructively angry. When Declan ...more
Monique Polak
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. At first, I found it a little hard to read because Declan's life is so difficult, but in no time at all, I was totally into this book. In fact, I could not put it down. Also, I thought a lot about the characters and their lives even when I was not actually reading. For me, that is a sign of a great read! Even the minor characters were super interesting. I recommend this book to readers of all ages -- not just teens. It's a beautiful, hopeful book that reminds us that change ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I need a sequel!!
Moonlight  Sonata
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won my copy of this book from the giveaway, I'm really happy to be one of the winners to receive this book.

**Warning might have some spoilers**

I really more interested Declan's family life then I was of his romance life with Miss.Perfect. I couldn't really stand her I mean she wasn't annoying thankfully but I didn't really care much about her character. But I was really interested in her grandma bubby story of being in the nazi camp, and learning about the pink triangles what they meant.
I received a free copy of Subject to Change from LibraryThing as part of their Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

This is a hard book to read at times -- because of the many obstacles in Declan's life, because of his anger towards his father, and because I know this isn't far from fact. The writing style is compelling, captures a teenager's voice so well, and pulled me right into the story. I also appreciated all of the information about WWII and the persecution of gay men
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reading copy of this book. This is a great read for some kids with tough lives out there. Colorful language throughout but it completely fits the characters, environment, and situation. A good choice for teen boys, but any teen can relate to aspects within the story.
Michelle Russell
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
A bit slow at the beginning. Once I got into it I couldnt put it down.
Kim Piddington
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Teen angst page turner that delves into some sensitive issues.
Diane Lynch
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honest and straightforward. Declan's voice is consistent with his struggles.
Sylvia McNicoll
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Debut novel set close to Montreal near Hudson--so a refreshingly different setting. It is a difficult novel to enter. Edgy. Declan is a teen on a downward spiral, no passion for anything, bored with school, depressed about life--however as you read on, you can see him struggle to rise, not in a sitcom everything-is-resolved kind of way. Perhaps the larger theme is about never giving up on people. Looking for the real person behind the pain.
Alanna King
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: white-pine, canadian
Declan's family is falling apart as his single mother works beyond her limits to keep the family together, and his brother struggles with addiction as a way to avoid confronting responsibility. Declan battles with which of his family's secrets to keep and which to keep secret until he is pushed beyond what he can handle. Thankfully thee adults in his school are first to notice that Declan is slipping away and assign him a tutor. Through his tutor's own example of dealing with family struggle, ...more
Enid Wray
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great debut novel. Well written with authentic characters and dialogue.
The title comes from the lyrics in A Matter of Time by the Foo Fighters. There are many more appropriate cultural references as well throughout the novel.
Set in Quebec, which we don’t see very often, this novel is all about re-interpreting your life… about coming to terms with your life and moving forward.
This book addresses the issues of teenage boys… of suppressed male emotions, propensity to physical and emotional
D. Buchner
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. The story was compelling. Some of the aspects of Declan's struggles and conflicts were different from the usual. It didn't involve romance or any of the typical elements of a YA conflict, but rather, it is about a boy, his family, and his own sense of identity. His relationship with his father is complex and interesting to navigate, as he learns more not only about his father, but also about himself.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this look into the lives of a struggling family. How do you cope when things change? How do you grow and change when it feels like things have completely fallen apart. Declan comes to terms with his family and himself through this novel of perserverance. It was a little on the predicatable side, but it was satisfying in the end. A quick, easy read.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
I really loved this book! I'm not into young adult literature much, but this book grabbed me and didn't let go. I read it in two days.
As a teacher, I really could relate to Declan and his complicated home life - his charactee is really well-written! The ending is open-ended, but that's okay - I'm assuming it'll be a happy one then!
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The only reason why I gave this three stars was because of the ending. I was reading and hoping for more but then the book just got cut off!
Clover Diaz
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
She shows her age with some of the slang she uses trying to sound like a teenage boy. (I've never heard anyone refer to detention as DT)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was very slow to get going. personally, I didn't like the writing style, but it had a good plotline.
the main character wasnt the most likeable and the plot was mostly easy to predict, interesting enough, but had to force myself to keep reading it.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this for my school board's "Battle of the Books." (It was also on the OLA's White Pine list for 2018).
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 ; concluded poorly
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt frustrated with the mother whose interests were elsewhere when they should have been on the son who was loyal to the family instead of the prodigal one.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
One question, no context: why in the seven hells would someone put maple syrup *and* ketchup on pancakes, sausage, and bacon??? Also, not a ton of content.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jri, rainbow, 2017-reads
DNF at page 108. It's like someone decided to drag out a hi-lo. No big, but I'm looking for particular content and this is backloading it.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A unique story worth reading
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