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Another fantastic Tropper gem
on 16 January 2009
One of the things which make Jonathan Tropper's novels so easy to relate to is the astounding humanity of his character. Very few authors can give us characters as well-rounded as his, and Zach in 'Everything Changes' is no exception. He's not perfect, and he does some deplorable things, but it's these flaws which make him believable, likeable, and real.
I'm not sure that any of Tropper's books with ever equal 'Bush Falls' in my eyes, but this one came pretty close. He manages to take three major plot points: a serious health scare, a complicated set of relationships, and an estranged father, and weave them together to produce a plot which never fails to enthrall. All the characters are interesting, and Tropper never pulls any punches in his portrayal of Zach - however much we like the guy, the author never lets us forget for a minute that he's not being faithful to his current girlfriend. I suspect that men find him easier to relate to than women, but I still found Zach to be a very compelling character indeed.
As with Tropper's other books, there is a rich vein of humour in this one which is never lost, and a wealth of universal truths which will really get you thinking. The ending isn't textbook, and that's what makes it so good - it's as satisfying as an end to such much emotional upheaval could be, and holds great hope for what will happen after the novel ends.
In short, this is the third book of Tropper's that I've read, and he hasn't let me down yet. If you're looking for great characters, razor-sharp wit, and a story which will pull you in until the last page, read 'Everything Changes'.