I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE
Author: Rebecca Stead
Pub. Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
After her parents’ divorce, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.
When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she’ll finally (finally!) have what she’s always wanted–a sister. Even though she’s never met Jesse’s daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they’ll be “just like sisters anywhere.”
As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy.
Listen to an audio clip of the book!
Rebecca Stead has written five novels for young people: WHEN YOU REACH ME (A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction); LIAR & SPY (Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children); FIRST LIGHT (a Junior Library Guild Selection and a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens); GOODBYE STRANGER (A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children); and, most recently, BOB (co-written by Wendy Mass). Rebecca lives in New York City with her family.
The List of Things That Will Not Change is an incredible book that explored themes of family, divorce, LGBTQ acceptance and rejection, and how families are formed in many different ways. I enjoyed reading this book and learning about life through Bea. She is a character that resonates because she deals with very complex emotions dealing with her family. She lives with her mom in one location, and then lives with her dad and his boyfriend in another place. Rebecca Stead explores the themes in how Bea deals with these in various stages of her life.
I was honestly surprised that the book dived in on what love is and what love is not. Bea loves her parents, but also carries guilt around which causes interpersonal relationship tension. She deals with all of this in her journal that comprises a list of things that will not change in her life. Bea is written as if she is a real life person and having the courage to accept her gay father and the complexities of his boyfriend’s rejection from his family. There is a contrast in how acceptance can shape a person’s life as well as how rejection can cause irreparable damage.
As a parent, I wish this was written when my son read middle grade books! It is a fun read and I recommend this to anyone that has a person in their life that likes to read.
As a teacher, I would include this in the classroom. It is a book that is legitimately able to confront blended families in a positive light. I would definitely gives this book five stars.
Three lucky winners will receive a finished copy of the THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE, US Only.
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