Can a person’s life change in just one day? How about seven?
This is the story of seven pivotal days in Evan Donaldson’s life. Evan was a teenage street hustler when Father Valentin talked him into coming to Saint Bartholomew’s Academy. In that one day, Evan’s entire life changed. That’s the day he met his roommate, Clay Mueller, and the day Evan began to live. But Evan’s life would change again and again, from abuse to first love, to separation and heartbreak, and eventually to starting his own family. Through it all, whenever a door closed for Evan, a window opened, and the window was Clay.
From the first day of finding faith and connecting with Clay through their relationship’s twists and turns, this is a glimpse into seven decisive days and the critical, amazing way a single moment can change destiny.
This book was difficult to figure out at first. In fact, it wasn’t until I read the blurb after reading the book that I finally understood why it was called Seven Days. Understand this book is about 7 pivotal moments in Evan’s life, so there are some huge time jumps. That said, I liked the story. As much as I would have loved to read the missing pieces between the 7 days, I really liked seeing how Evan changed during each one of those jumps.
While there is a romantic element, for me the strongest element in the story was Evan’s relationship with himself. He learns so much on those 7 days and it comes through loud and clear.
If you have read Accompanied by a Waltz, there is a huge chunk of this story that will sound very familiar to you as Evan’s story through high school is Jonathon’s backstory in AbaW.