Books About Change

These are some of my favorite books that explore change that happens within our lives and the world around us.

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

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This book starts out about an average life of a married woman in the suburbs who’s raising her three kids. I’m not going to spoil anything but let’s just say that the book isn’t boring the entire time. It’s turning point is one you won’t see coming but basically the book is essentially about change and how to deal with and accepting things in our life that we have no control over.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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This is one of my favorite John Green books. It follows a boy named Miles who leaves behind his home in Florida to attend a prep school in Alabama. In his words, he makes the move, “In order to seek a great perhaps.” He meets a girl named Alaska who teaches him about life, love, and sadness. Miles becomes a new person there and he sees a different side of the world that he didn’t see in his own safe world back in Florida.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

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The small Henry Skrimshander, a 17 year old playing on an American Legion team in South Dakota, uses a manual with the same name as the book title to learn more about being a shortstop. A college baseball player named Mike Schwartz discovers Henry and recruits him to a liberal arts school in Wisconsin. The college is Westish College and his team calls themselves the Harpooners. The novel follows Henry as he meets several different characters throughout his time at the college. It’s also a grapple with setting high standards on yourself and accepting who you are. Henry is a perfect shortstop for his entire career but the magic ends and he’s forced to deal with reality.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This book takes place over the course of three years (1933-35) and focuses on the subject of racial injustice in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout is only six-years-old at the start of the novel and her older brother Jem is 10-years-old. The two kids watch their father Atticus, a defense attorney defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. Both kids change their opinions on what it means to be a hero. They learn more about fairness and justice than they could have ever imagined.

This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald

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Taking place in the late 1910’s, This Side of Paradise follows Amory Blaine, a smart and charming Midwesterner attending boarding school and later Princeton University. He’s a rather pretentious character who’s fully aware of his intelligence. He undergoes change throughout the course of the novel as he encounters extreme loveĀ and loss throughout his life.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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During the summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino meets an older boy named Andy Evans at a senior party. He then rapes her outside and Melinda calls the cops but gets scared and hangs up. The police comes to break up the party with a few students getting arrested. When school starts, Melinda is cut off by her peers for calling the cops. Melinda finds herself changing, she was once popular with friends she could count on, but due to this horrible thing that happened she winds up friendless. Her depression continues to get worse and change has a major impact on this novel as we learn what it means to speak.

 

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