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. So when she is approached by death, she can’t help but feel compelled to strike a deal with him. Now she has 27 Days to save Archer’s life, but can you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
In 27 Days by Alison Gervais was originally a Wattpad sensation, but on July 25th, 2017, it will hit officially hit shelves. The original currently has 23 million reads and a heap of loyal fans. But will the rest of the book community become one of those fans, or will it flop?
First off I’d like to say, I haven’t read the original. I believe there very similar but from just looking at the originals first page I can see there are differences. The book I will be reviewing will be the official published version that comes out in July. So with all that sorted, let’s get onto it.
The premise had me hooked from the first few lines and so did the book. I enjoyed the fact that we jumped right into the story, which not much information. Because we didn’t have any background information, I couldn’t help but connect to how Hadley felt. We didn’t know this boy, but we felt for him, for Hadley and his grieving family. And then we go back in time and it’s frustrating, fun and so very nerve racking.
The biggest miss for me was the writing. It wasn’t bad and it definitely didn’t make me hate the story, but It did leave me feeling a bit disconnected. The writing was very beginner level and I felt that some of the story was a bit rushed and confusing. I would have liked more of an emotional connection to the characters but one thing this story didn’t lack, was addiction. While reading this book I couldn’t help but relate it to The Selection by Kiera Cass. There were problems but you just couldn’t put it down.
Tackling mental illness in any book can be tricky and I wasn’t sure what kind of approach this one would take. But it came off fairly light, if you’re looking for a story that delves into mental illness deeply, this isn’t for you. Instead, this book has a simpler approach and one that I enjoyed highly. All though this book is light, fun and addicting we still see the depths of humanity in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you. When you reach the end you will see the message this book portrays so subtly, but so perfectly.
I enjoyed the relationships in this book more than anything. The love, the family, even the friends. It felt realistic to everyday life and you couldn’t help but love watching these relationships grow. As well as the character’s change, the characters had struggles that both were dark and out there and also relatable. It was a fun and frustrating journey watching the characters grow before your eyes.
In 27 Days is a little flawed, but the story is engaging, beautiful and addicting. It’s one of those books you read because you know it will make you smile. It’s simple but fun and fulfills its duty in entertaining you to the end.