Forever Changes (Paperback)
Fall 2008 Kids' List
“Brianna goes through her senior year of high school struggling to keep her equilibrium as her friends prepare for unlimited futures while, because of her cystic fibrosis, she wonders if she'll be able to breathe tomorrow. By turns a celebration of Brianna's life and a meditation on the beauty of math, this novel has a unique, true voice and a compelling story.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
For a girl who doesn't have much time, every infinitesimal moment counts Brianna is a math whiz. She's almost certain to be admitted to MIT--that is, if she survives to see her nineteenth birthday. Brianna has cystic fibrosis, and after her friend Molly died six months ago, it's hard for Brianna to let go of the feeling that she's next. Numbers make sense to Brianna--they give her something to think about besides her own crummy odds. To her great surprise, it is in math class that she discovers the infinity that exists between eighteen and nineteen. Poignant and true, this story of one extraordinary teenage life is riveting. With Forever Changes, Brendan Halpin has crafted an unparalleled protagonist who will leave an indelible mark on readers.
About the Author
Brendan Halpin is a teacher and the author of books for adults and young adults including the Alex Award-winning Donorboy, Forever Changes, and the Junior Library Guild Selection Shutout. He is also the coauthor of Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom, with Emily Franklin, and Notes from the Blender, with Trish Cook, both of which the American Library Association named to its Rainbow List. Halpin's writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Rosie and Best Life magazines, and the New York Times' "Modern Love" column. Halpin is a vegetarian, a fan of vintage horror movies, and an avid tabletop gamer. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, their three children, and their dog in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.