Published: 5th February 2015
Pages: 249 Pages
A week can change everything…
Beautiful and popular, Kez is a bully who doesn’t care who she hurts. Overweight and awkward Jess is an easy target. But then Jess discovers someone who will stand up for her.
The problem? He’s Kez’s boyfriend.
Things are about to get nasty…
I purchased 7 days in preparation for the #ukyaextravaganza happening 28th February! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look here.
7 days, as the name suggests, is set over a period of seven days – Monday to Sunday. Each day is told from Jess and Kez’s point of view which gives you different perspectives on sensitive situations. Kez’s home life isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks and Jess’s isn’t that much better either; both are struggling and they’re finding it hard growing up as teenagers. Although Kez is hurting she becomes the high school bully and unfortunately for Jess she is her victim.
The main topic to surface in 7 days is that of bullying, a terrible topic for many and something that needs to be excluded from any environment (it’s not limited to age). The novel is very easy to relate to because I’m sure we’ve all experienced a few harsh words in our time – mine being ‘specky-four eyes’ (how original) and the one that hurt the most ‘fatty’. I actually wasn’t that ‘fat’ but I felt horrible and hated my high school years. Jess has nasty comments about her weight and it brought back memories of how I used to feel. I want to scream to Jess ‘don’t worry, when you’re older you’ll be wiser, stronger and happier – regardless what you look like’. No person should be made to feel small and especially not over something as superficial as weight.
Eve’s experience of being an educational speaker helped to convey emotion and add a realistic approach to an issue that is very important to a lot of people. 7 days was written beautifully and although Young Adult, was mature and a novel I’d highly recommend to all.
Now I can’t wait to meet Eve and ask her kindly to sign my copy – #UKYAextravaganza here I come.