Previously reviewed: The Blog of Maisy Malone
Synopsis: This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won’t be able put it down until you’ve reached the conclusion. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
200words (or less) review: Reading Seven Days was like going down memory lane, which isn’t exactly pleasant but I think that shows that Eve Ainsworth got it right. Certainty when it came to Jess because she reminded me of myself a lot.
The book is told in alternating chapters between Jess and Kez for the duration of one week. Jess is the victim and it annoys Kez that she never stands up for herself or makes an effort with her appearance. Both girls have troubles at home, this particularly in Kez’s case influences her actions.
Jess is endearing and could have carried the story on her own but adding the “bully” perspective by including Kez’s voice makes this book more interesting. I don’t think I liked Kez but her internal monologue made her understandable, I could sympathise with the anger. I’ve been in Jess’s shoes though so I can’t go much further than that.
Seven Days is an engaging read that deals with the subject of bullying well.