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Forever Changes (2008)
Brendan Halpin

A very somber novel written for young adults about a mathematically talented teenager with cystic fibrosis. Her math teacher helps comfort her by making an analogy between the important role of the infinitesimals in calculus and the importance of even a short life.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  4. Mean Girls by Tina Fey (screenplay) / Mark S. Waters (director)
  5. The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer
  6. Monster's Proof by Richard Lewis
  7. Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
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Ratings for Forever Changes:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreYoung Adult,
MotifFemale Mathematicians, Math Education,

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