The List of Things That Will Not Change

Book review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Pitch-perfect divorce tale speaks to modern family life.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

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age 8+

Funny, heartwarming novel enjoyable to both adults and kids

This was a page turner my wife and son both kept insisting I read another chapter and another chapter well past bedtime. My 9-year-old son kept saying, “Read on!” the whole way and my wife said it was one of her favorite novels and applauded at the end. The 12 year old girl narrator protagonist is an imperfect role model but someone you can relate to who sometimes makes mistakes, sometimes has big emotions, sometimes insightful, and ultimately someone you empathize with and cheer on. Her therapist, Miriam, is someone you wish all kids could have in their lives. I appreciated the way the author weaved together the story of a tween girl facing the challenge of navigating the divorce of her parents, and the creation of a new family with two gay dads and their respective previous families. I am thankful I was able to read my son a story about gay men and their families struggling against homophobia.

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