Kid’s Book Review: Seven Days

Kid’s Book Review: Seven Days

About the Book and Author

This is a story about Noori and Aamir. A story about grief, family, and the unexpected turns life can take. A story of first love.

Noori has it all sussed out. She may only be sixteen and a Bollywood fanatic with an incredible lack of foresight, but she knows a thing or two about life and its messy heartaches. When she runs into Aamir, a scruffy desi dude with tea-stained eyes, her confused soul turns upside-down. There is something about him she can’t work out.

Aamir is trying to escape a misunderstood and painful past. When his world collides with Noori’s, life gets even more complicated. Invisible threads connect them. Will they both realize what’s at stake, before they run out of time?

Rebeka Shaid was raised in a multi-ethnic household, surrounded by piles of books, nosy siblings, and lots of mythical trees that are known as the Black Forest. After doing sensible adult things like going to university, working as a business journalist, and becoming a mum she decided to pen a YA novel. In her writing, she likes to explore themes of identity, loss and coming of age.

Book Review

At times it made me cry and laugh and I really wanted to stay with Noori and Aamir

This was an inspiring read that showed me how young love can overcome any challenge. The characters were incredibly described and felt just like normal teenagers and while sometimes authors struggle to give realistic impressions of young people, Rebeka Shaid did not fall into this category. Aamir’s character was particularly well drawn; I really felt his thoughts and strong emotions and although he was a bit of a coward, he was sweet and caring and this came through clearly.

Both Noori and Aamir were complete strangers, but they crossed paths in Bristol – perhaps brought together by fate, a theme returned to multiple times during the story. They both had to help the other out in a number of ways, such as providing a place to sleep or finding food and water. They developed a strong friendship after figuring out that they had many things in common: their shared sense of humour and in particular, their love for flatbreads, Indian roti. However, while they found similarities within each other, they also had to conquer challenges that tested their relationship. At one point, Aamir disappears which creates a large amount of tension between the two protagonists.

I flew through this book, even during the busy Christmas holidays. It was fun and humorous, but I also found myself caught out by some hard-hitting emotions. At times it made me cry and laugh and I really wanted to stay with Noori and Aamir. In the end, it was their love for each other that drew me into their story and kept me with them page after page.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Kirsten
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: Reading, music, theatre
  • Dislikes: Cream and sprouts
  • Favourite Book: How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
  • Favourite Song: Papercuts by Jax
  • Favourite Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople