Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him.
Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.
Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything – including her life – to keep Archer safe.
As evidenced by a group conversation in a reading group on Facebook this weekend, it’s hard to find good, clean YA sometimes. There’s are a couple bloggers out there who cover it but for the most part, it’s an area that needs improvement.
Today, I’m happy to share a book that fits that category with you. In 27 Days by Alison Gervais made a huge splash on Wattpad. After reading the book, there’s no question in my mind as to why.
The concept may be a little out there for some readers (Hadley is offered a chance to go back 27 days in order to save someone’s life) but if you can get past that, there is an amazing message in this book.
Despite the clouds of urgency and imminent doom hanging over them, Hadley and Archer are fun together. Archer’s insistent pushing Hadley away and her equal determination to spend time with him, to save him, make for some sweet moments in this story.
There are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and moving the story along at a brisk pace. While Archer’s family and Hadley’s parents are different, these two teenagers face the same thing. As their friendship begins to take roots, obstacles are thrown in their way meant to derail it as well as Hadley’s success in completing her mission.
A well-written reminder that sometimes all it takes is a word or a smile to turn someone’s day around, that you have to spend time with someone to really know them, and that taking that time is worth every minute, In 27 Days is a must-read.
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