Title: Everything Changes
Author Name: Samantha Hale
Publication Date & Length: September 16, 2014 – 264pgs
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.
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 element that Raven didn’t even want to think about her sexuality until she had to.
This is a complete story that does leave some plot threads hanging, as it should. They’re left that way in real life. I loved when Raven came out to her parents, and her quick and smart alec remarks to them. Something I can totally hear a smart teenager who has finally taken hold of who they are saying.
However, there are some elements I wasn’t fond of. I felt Morgan wasn’t patient enough. Weeks after discovery of oneself isn’t a lot of time to start making life changes, and I felt her push back with Raven was more a plot device than something realistic–in other words, had it been months or years even, it would have been more believable to me.
Secondly, the only mention of Christianity of faith is upon Raven coming out. There’s no question of it or mention of it before. It felt as though it was put in there for effect rather than reality. There were several Sundays in this novel where the family was out doing things and there was never a question of going to church in the morning or evening. If it was going to be part of Raven’s fear or her parents reactions, it needed to be fleshed out more.
Overall, this is an excellent book. It’s well-written and the plot carries quickly. I read it in one afternoon, so it’s certainly something that passes quickly. The characters are believable and real (except for explained above), and I definitely connected with Raven.
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.
Author’s GoodRead Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5448290.Samantha_Hale