In 27 Days: A Stunning Work of Art

A girl is standing as the world is painted around her, a city-forming in the background. On the day of the suicide, she felt something was off, something wrong. “Yet the gray clouds rolling in across the sky felt smothering, bringing with them a feeling of suspicion and…sadness.” Originally a Wattpad sensation, In 27 Days is a paranormal tale by Alison Gervais that has you turning page after page to see happens next.

In 27 Days was published on July 25, 2017. Set in New York City, late autumn/early winter, and following the suicide of Archer Morales, Hadley Jamison has an encounter with Death after Archer’s funeral, and he offers her a deal: Go back 27 days to prevent Archer Morales from ending his life. Told from Hadley’s perspective and after she gets sent back, Hadley realizes this mission is harder than she thought.

Alison Gervais gained recognition for her writing on Wattpad in 2011. The reader follows Hadley as she faces the challenges that come with trying to be Archer’s friend and save him, someone who doesn’t want a friend, but really needs one. The book sets on answering the question, how far would you go to love someone? With nothing in return? Just because someone needs to love them. What are you willing to give up?

“The book sets on answering the question, how far would you go to love someone? With nothing in return? Just because someone needs to love them. What are you willing to give up?””

— Emma Williams

Hadley is super relatable and easy to connect to. You can see yourself in her situation, even if you know you wouldn’t be able to succeed on her mission yourself.

Archer is beautifully done. He is sweet under his rough and sarcastic edges. Archer was never an easy person to love for Hadley. He is stubborn with a heart of gold underneath it all.

Archer’s family is one of the highlights of this story. You just fall in love with them. They are masterfully done, so vivid and real you want to hug them, and they are so full of heart that you want to thank them for being there for Archer.

The premise of this book is mind-blowing and unique which can be summarized in a single sentence, “If you knew you had to do the right thing, but that something bad may happen to you because of it, would you do it anyway?” This book is cozy and exciting. It speaks to your soul with its beautiful writing, the high stakes and engaging plot put you into the story and make you really understand what Hadley and Archer are going through. The plot keeps you on your toes and wasn’t predictable at all, with the plot points not feeling forced at all. The pacing was also spot on and made you keep the book in your hands until you turned the last page. You need to see beneath the surface to really get to know someone.

“You need to see beneath the surface to really get to know someone.””

— Emma Williams

Even though it touches upon these concepts, this book isn’t about suicide, falling in love, rescuing someone, the sanctity of life, or learning to live. No, the book was about answering the question, how far would you go to love someone? With nothing in return? Just because someone needs to love them. What are you willing to give up?

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This book is about second chances and how life can be different if we really dug deep into a person and see what we can do for them. You need to care about people and go out of your comfort zone to really know a person and what they are going through and help them by being good to them and see beneath the surface of their edges. You need to see beneath the surface to really get to know someone.