Everything Changes is the first Super Special and first book in the Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever series by Ann M. Martin. It takes place after The Baby-Sitters Club series concludes, with Mary Anne adjusting to the events of The Fire at Mary Anne's House.
Back Cover Summary
It's a summer the BSC members will never forget. For some, it's time to leave the club. For others, it's time to make a new beginning. Plenty of surprises await them–boyfriend troubles, friendship feuds, tough decisions, and totally unexpected adventures. Throughout it all, one things is for sure: By the time the summer is over, the BSC will be very different...and better than ever!
This book switches from Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, and Claudia’s point of view. It’s told all in letters between Kristy and Mary Anne, journal entries by Kristy and Mary Anne, and letters/emails between Stacey and Claudia. The girls are apart for the summer–Kristy’s back at Camp Mohawk, Stacey’s in NYC, Claudia’s on a month-long vacation with her family, and Mary Anne’s in Stoneybrook. Mary Anne was supposed to go to camp too, but backed out because she was worried about leaving town so soon after the fire, when she doesn’t know if her family’s moving or not.
Stacey’s in New York to see her dad, but is looking forward to spending time with her boyfriend Ethan as well. Unfortunately, her dad sees fifteen-year-old Ethan standing outside some club and decides he’s too old for her and a bad influence. It is unknown if Ethan was actually in the club or not, but it doesn’t seem to matter to Mr. McGill. He tells Stacey she can only see him two hours a day, or a total of fourteen hours a week. As a result, Stacey’s mad at her dad and gets even more annoyed when he tells her his girlfriend Samantha may move in with him. Ethan convinces Stacey to be more open to this, which makes her Mr. McGill relent about Stacey spending time with him.
Claudia’s at a small island located in Maine for a month. She and her family are doing a thing where they don’t have a phone, TV, computers, etc. Claudia’s bored at first, but she ends up loving it because there are a lot of artists on the island and she bonds with them. Being an artist herself, she thinks their work is beautiful and is inspired by it. She even talks about wanting to live there someday.
Claudia later catches Janine using her laptop (that she snuck in) to check email (the house has phone service, the Kishis just had the physical phones removed). Janine lets Claud use the computer for email in exchange for keeping quiet. Claudia also finds her mom reading a trashy romance novel and her dad watching a game on their neighbors TV. And she promises to keep all of her family's secrets, so feels like she scored some points all around.
Mary Anne’s staying in a tiny rental house in Stoneybrook that the insurance company’s paying for because of the fire. Her grandmother comes to visit, which Mary Anne’s nervous about at first, but it ends up being a good visit. She brings Mary Anne some things that used to belong to her mom, so Mary Anne feels better about everything she lost. Meanwhile, she’s annoyed at Logan because he keeps asking her if she’s okay/treating her like she’ll break. She finally tells him how she feels and he stops talking to her. Mr. Spier decides not to take the job in Philidelphia, and the family decides to renovate the barn on their property to a new house. In the meantime, they’ll be renting a house from the Goldbergs, a couple that live next-door to Claudia, that are moving to Florida, however they don’t want to sell the house yet.
Kristy loves being at camp. She and Abby are co-CITs in the same cabin, and Kristy can’t stop talking about how much fun they’re having together. Abby says she’s quitting the club so she has more time to play sports/relax. Kristy’s upset, but eventually forgives her. It was particularly hard because Logan and Jessi had already quit. Logan, so that he’d have more time for sports and Jessi because she got into some awesome new dance school and won’t have time to sit. By the end of the book, Shannon also tells Kristy she won’t have time to do much sitting. Since Mallory’s already at boarding school, this leaves the original four members of the club (Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey). They talk among themselves and decide they want more free time too. They will still keep the club running, but may cut back on jobs and only have a couple meetings a week at most.