In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
Age Range: 12-18 | Hardcover: 352 pages | Publisher: Blink (July 25, 2017)
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The first thing that drew me to In 27 Days by Alison Gervais was the cover. It’s gorgeous.
After that, I read the synopsis and the story intrigued me. A teen girl makes a deal with Death to go back in time twenty-seven days for the chance to prevent a boy she doesn’t know from committing suicide.
You have to admit, it’s an interesting premise. And just like I hoped, the book measured up.
What the Book’s About
The story follows Hadley as she attends Archer’s funeral and subsequently runs into Death. When Death suggests that she go back in time to possibly prevent Archer from killing himself, Hadley selflessly jumps at the chance.
Of course, Death didn’t tell her everything. Getting to know Archer proves more difficult than she expected. On top of that, other powers come into play, making a complicated situation even more complex and harder to navigate.
This is a clean young adult novel about suicide and suicide prevention. It gives a new perspective on the power of friendship and mental illness.
What I Liked About it
I loved so many things about this book.
First off, the main character is a sensitive, sweet person. She’s devastated when a boy she doesn’t even know decides to end his own life and she’s willing to put herself at risk in order to help him out.
The story gives us a chance to gain a new appreciation for human life. Hadley cares so much about Archer, even though he keeps pushing her away. The story conveys the message that every life is valuable and every person is worth saving.
I also liked how Hadley and Archer’s friendship is messy. It’s not perfect. There are lots of rough patches along the way, but she’s stubborn and persistent. By helping Archer, she also helps herself, though she doesn’t realize it at first.
Books and movies usually contain so much death that it’s easy to get desensitized to it. Sometimes it feels like human life isn’t valued at all—at least, not in fictional stories. I liked that this book does the opposite. It values human life, even the obscure, troubled, and strange lives of people we don’t understand or have never bothered to get to know.
I also liked the message that something as simple as genuine friendship can change the outcome for someone contemplating suicide. Sure, Archer had a family that loved him and needed him, but it wasn’t until Hadley stubbornly insisted on being his friend that he began to look at himself differently.
I really liked this book. If you’re looking for clean books for your teen, this is a great choice. It’s also a good alternative to content-heavy suicide YA like This Song Will Save Your Life and Love Letters to the Dead.
In 27 Days is an uplifting story that will leave you feeling good inside.
Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.
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