• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Bea and her friends-like-family NYC network of loved ones, including her therapist Miriam, are endearing and wonderful.

I love peeking into Rebecca Stead's mind through her books. The List of Tiings That Will Not Change is a perfect shallow dive into a wonderfully imperfect character, Bea, and her increasingly complicated life after her parents' divorce and the start of her father's new relationship with his boyfriend.


Bea has always been a worrier, and as her father's happiness blooms, she worries: that her mother is secretly sad but is too brave to let on; that she's being left out of things; that having two homes will mean she's always missing the other one; and that her own periodic lack of impulse control and rage may have contributed to others' pain.


Bea and her friends-like-family NYC network of loved ones, including her therapist Miriam, are endearing and wonderful. Suitable for younger readers but special enough for a grown-up's quick read as well.


Thanks to NetGalley and Wendy Lamb Books for providing an uncorrected proof for review.


What did you think?

Have you read other Rebecca Stead books?


I'm reading whatever she's writing at this point. I also adored When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy, First Light, and especially Goodbye Stranger.



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