Her parents host the first ever family meeting when she’s eight. They give her a green notebook that contains a list: Things That Will Not Change. (The writer in me loved that this book started off with a notebook and a list.)
But things do change. Bea’s dad moves out to live with his partner Jesse. She has to move back and forth between her parents’ places. She gains a sister. And with the help of Miriam, her therapist, Bea learns how to acknowledge that there are “feelings behind feelings.”
Ultimately, however, the book’s title does hold true: the thing that will not change is the importance of family.
In accessibly brief chapters, Stead gives Bea an authentic voice and a palpable pang of guilt. Snead’s depictions of the personal understanding that can come from therapy and realistically complex family situations are not sugarcoated.
So very poignant, The List of Things That Will Not Change will be “that book” for so many middle grades readers. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️