The List of Things That Will Not Change

When life takes a new direction, it's comforting to know that some things will not change. A brilliant and touching story about navigating big family shifts, from the masterful Newbery Medal winning author of When You Reach Me.

When Bea's parents got divorced, they told her about two big changes: Dad is gay. Mom and Dad will have different apartments, each with a room for Bea. They also gave her a special notebook to record the list of things that will not change. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other. They are still a family, just different. Bea's days are split between her parents; school remains the same. She still goes to Dad's family's lake house every summer. Only now, no one mentions Mom.

Then, Dad announces that he and his boyfriend Jesse are getting married. Bea is thrilled. She loves Jesse--and he has a daughter her age, Sonia. Bea has never met her, but she's sure that she and Sonia will be the perfect sisters. Behind her joy, though, something she did last summer is haunting Bea.

This warm story is a testament to a modern family, and to the kind of love that doesn't ask you to be anyone but who you are.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on April 7, 2020 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 1101938099
ISBN-13: 9781101938096
12 Book Reviews
  • paxthefox88
    paxthefox88about 1 month55 stars
    • clearwater67
      clearwater67about 1 month55 stars
      Haven't read it yet but I wanna please tell me about it I wanna know how it ends please
      • roxanne3
        roxanne3over 1 year55 stars
        It's a beautiful story. Rebecca Stead is a great author. She can take a story off the streets and twist it, change it, make it abstract and intriguing. This book tells the story of a young girl whose parents are divorced, because her dad is gay. She doesn't really understand that some people just don't believe in being gay. She loves Jesse, her dad's fiance, and she knows Jesse and her dad love each other. But what she doesn't know is herself. Something that she did in the past has been bothering her, and she doesn't know what kind of person she is and what to do about it. I recommend this books for everyone :) โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ
      • howls
        howlsalmost 2 years11 star
        This author is so good but this book was so bad ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž
        • clearwater67
          clearwater67about 1 month55 stars
          Umm I think that you should not judge people on how they writ their life's story please I dont like negativity towards others I love how people speak positively to others and speak positively to yourself as well my friend
          • clearwater67
            clearwater67about 1 month55 stars
            Sorry to say but you should NEVER EVER judge a book by its cover:)
          • Robertabout 2 years
            The book is very touching it's a good book for a family who loves each other โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™ thats my answer
            • Mridul about 2 years
              This book all children should read
              • bsc
                bscabout 2 years55 stars
                So Bea's parents are divorced. Bea's parents gave her a notebook for her to write things that will never change. "Mom will always love you" "Dad will always love you". But now Bea's dad is getting married to Jesse, who she loves. He's nice and a perfect fit for her dad. Jesse also has a daughter, Sonia. Bea is sure Sonia is going to love it here and can't wait for a sister. Still, she did something last summer that is haunting her. this is a great book for anyone. "We're still a family, just in a different way"- Bea's notebook.
              • lovemypetsyoual
                lovemypetsyoualabout 2 years55 stars
                this book is the best yet i have read it is so good there was so many intrusting things you also shood read it