In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

The novel is about a young teenager who goes back 27 days in time to save a classmate from committing suicide. The teenage girl named Hadley never knew the boy named Archer who took his own life but felt compelled to help save his life. She goes through a lot in order to get closer to this boy. She uncovers secrets about him and learns more about herself.

I love this novel for multiple reasons. The first is that the story is very compelling and the characters are relatable. Many people have been through traumatic experiences and would probably feel the pain Archer was going through. People are lonely all of the time and no one seems to notice. I relate to Hadley, the girl who tries to stop the boy from committing suicide. She is a very compassionate character who goes out of her way to help this classmate that was a stranger not too long ago. I truly felt like I understood her feeling of emptiness when he was gone, guilt for not trying to talk to his freshman year and dedication to saving him from taking his own life where people cared about him and needed him.

The second reason is because suicide is a prevalent issue that needs to be addressed in 2020. This novel shows the importance of looking for suicidal signs and the possible ways people can help prevent others from taking their own life. Many people are very lonely and need to have someone to talk to. I think that this novel is an example of what could happen if we as a society were more inclusive.

-Ellie B.

If you or someone you know has discussed or thought about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

4 thoughts on “In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

  1. It’s really sad, but it’s true that in today’s times we really do have to recognize the signs of suicide in the people around us. Thanks for posting!

  2. I can’t agree with you more on the issue of suicide in our modern society. I am also glad to see this problem being addressed in the novel as well. Great review and keep up the good work!

  3. Books like these are so important because suicide is such a sad topic that is critical in today’s society. Thank you for bringing light to this book and I will for sure check it out! Thank you for this review.

  4. Suicide is quite a relevant topic in this day and age and one that we definitely need to address more often. I’m glad you brought that up in your review! I also think you summarized who the main characters are in a concise way which was nice because it gave me a clear idea of who they are. 🙂

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