Hilarious and honest, Why Can't Everything Just Stay the Same? is a coming of age story, about one woman's journey from childhood to adulthood, Cork to Dublin, and not coping to coping (sort of) with the inevitability and beauty of change.
'Honest, witty and poignant observations on life that are both heart breaking and heartwarming' Amy Huberman
As a child, being in new places made Stefanie Preissner ill, which is why her family holidayed in the same apartment on the same island off the Spanish coast for nine years in a row. And why, at Christmas, she wrote lengthy letters to Santa (note: letters, plural) begging him not to bring any surprises. Change was the enemy. But, as it turns out, one Stefanie hasn't been able to avoid. And, in spite of herself, one she has sometimes invited into her life.
Here, in her first book, Stefanie looks at the ways in which her life has changed. From birthdays, frienships and how she celebrates the festive season, to social media (no FOMO here), the importance of asking WWNSD? (What Would Nicole Scherzinger Do?) when faced with big decisions, and her career as a writer, Why Can't Everything Just Stay the Same? is the hilarious and honest account of one woman's journey to and through adulthood, coping (sort of) with the terror, inevitability and beauty of change.
'It's Stefanie's life, but her struggles are universal. Insecurity? Check. Anger? Check. Weight issues? Big fat check. Stefanie shines a light on human frailty and human strength, proving they are not opposites, but often walk hand-in-hand ... an inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable book.' Nell Scovell, creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and author of Just the Funny Parts
Honest, witty and poignant observations on life that are both heart breaking and heartwarming, told with Preissner's charming humour - Amy Huberman
Witty, shocking in parts and written with real heart ... has something to say to everyone - Sunday Times
Hilariously well compiled ... there are lashings of subtle wit and wisdom, all carried aloft on a fluid conversational style ... an original voice that is unafraid of what others will think - Sunday Independent
One to revisit again and again - U magazine