Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

  • Series: Blink
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (July 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310759056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310759058

About the Book:

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.
From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future.
My Thoughts:

A well-known but controversial Netflix drama has taken our nation by storm.  Perhaps you've heard of '13 Reasons Why'?  This episodic drama and the book the show is based on has put a spotlight on teen suicide, and many are not happy with the outcome.

Enter "In 27 Days" by Alison Gervais.  Gervais' novel also shines a spotlight on teen suicide, but shines on the side of hope rather than despair.  When Hadley learns of Archer's death, she's moved...which is odd, considering the fact that she barely knew him when he was alive.

She's not content with how she feels, so when a deal comes her way via supernatural means, Hadley rises the occasion, steps out of her own comfort zone and social circle, and takes a risk on loner Archer Morales.

What follows is an intense story about how one life can change another, for good or for not so good.  And that change does not come easily.  Hadley ends up investing far more than she expected, but she receives so much more in return.

Gervais also points out, through her story, that having it all isn't what it's cracked up to be.  Compared to Archer's life, Hadley's should be a cake walk with extra sprinkles.  But by the end of the book, the tables seem to be turned.  The remaining question, which you can only answer by reading the book, is what the cost will be for both Hadley and Archer.

Change one thing in the universe, and something else must change as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed "In 27 Days" and plan to keep my eyes open for any novel from debut writer Alison Gervais.  I read her book, and I watched the Netflix drama.  With viewing, I found despair, but with reading I found hope...and so much more.

I received a complimentary copy of "In 27 Days" from my friends at Blink YA Books (Zondervan Publishing) with no services or obligations promised in return.  I highly recommend "In 27 Days", and give it my "For Such a Time" stamp of endorsement.  Find someone who's seen '13 Reasons' and gift him or her a copy of "In 27 Days."

They'll be glad you did.  

Until the next page turns,




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