Renee Mihulka – Children's Book Reviews & Writer

Every Thing is Changed by Nova Weetman


A story told in reverse that pulls the reader through the debris of a once strong friendship which collapses after a horrible mistake.


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OVERALL: 5 Stars

Concept:5 Stars
Characters:5 Stars
Plot:4 Stars
Writing:5 Stars


Nova Weetman


I reviewed this book for the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

You can find my review by clicking here: CBCA Review.



This book is recommended for young adults 13 years and over and I would agree with this. There is some bad language and some making out, but the main issue is that kids who are younger than 13 will most likely miss a lot of the nuance and deep messages, which would be a shame.

The themes in this book are friendship, relationships, change, small mistakes and their potential for giant consequences and guilt.


Things to ask and discuss:

If you haven’t read the book, don’t worry. Ask these questions anyway and coax the answers and
out. Or just let your child mull it over alone. Don’t worry if they don’t want to talk about some of the things listed here, it’s ok to just let them talk about the bits they want to. Bottom line is, they will love that you are showing an interest and asking for their opinion, even if they don’t always show it.

‘Let’s get into trouble.’ – Alex

*Spoiler alerts in the questions!!*

1. How did you find reading a book that is written in reverse? Was it more challenging? Did you like it?

2. Which kid did you relate to more, Jake or Alex? Why?

3. Do you think that Jake should have come forward when he did? Or do you think there was no point in ruining both his and Alex’s lives and hurting their friends and family over a stupid mistake? Afterall, owning up wouldn’t change the fact that the man was dead.

4. Do you think that Alex and Jake would have remained friends if they hadn’t thrown those rocks? Why? Why not?


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