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Seven Days (Seven Days #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  645 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
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 l ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Can't understand why Evan (after what he endured) would send his son to attend the same school, that was just f'd up!
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay

I don’t know how to rate this book.

On one side I was deeply moved by it, on the other side there were things I can’t comprehend.

I enjoy the author’s books, because he has a great writing style. He writes with passion and this shows in the stories.
This book is also written with passion and heart, but I can’t understand some people’s behavior.

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☆ Todd
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good book, but while some parts of the book went a bit slow, others that I felt could have used a few more pages left me wishing for a little more than the story line provided.

Like the fast forwarded college years and the 10 year jump at the end. I would have loved for those years to have been flushed out, allowing the reader to be privy to those details as well.

The story was actually plot-driven vs. erotica driven (only 3 or 4 sex scenes, if I'm remembering correctly), which a lot of aut
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I devoured this book in a couple of hours and immediately went to buy the second book in the series. When I think back at the parts I liked the most, I feel ambivalent because, despite the angst and abuse, and the tears it brought to my eyes, I really enjoyed the first part of the book, the one set in the Saint Bartholomew's Academy.

To summarize, Seven Days is a very emotional and poignant book that I definitely find worth reading.
Elisa Rolle
I liked the idea at the base of this novel, to tell about 7 days in the life of a man, but not 7 consecutive days, but more 7 days which changed his life. Maybe I will not comment on the realism of the story, a single gay man who is allowed to adopt a 4 years old beautiful boy without no issue at all if not, rightly, missing his parents recently passed away. In Italy that would be impossible, legally impossible, and sincerely I think that also in the United States, even if the law theoretically ...more
Shira Anthony
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely romance with a clever "framework" - each chapter (there are seven in total) takes place during a single day of Evan Donaldson's life. Each of those seven days represents a pivotal moment in which Evan's life is inexorably changed. Beautiful writing, excellent editing and a poignant story.

SPOILERS FOLLOW: (view spoiler)
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This is defitely not one of Adrew Grey's better books.


Because there are moments/actions that won't fit...

A teacher and monks uses a boy and nobody really reacts? Not the supervising Brother - he does not take sides, don't believe the boy but still loves him and cares for him? - nor the friends, sorry, just searching for other who might be victims is not enough. Why did none of them call their parents?

Finally declaring their love for each other in the last night in school and then loosing co
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars?

I went back and forth on the review for this book. This book focuses on 7 pivotal days in the life of the protagonist, Evan Donaldson. I really like the 7 day concept, but as I read the book, it didn't feel like 7 days to me since it spanned the MC's entire life. It flowed just like any other book in my opinion. I think maybe if each day were delineated a little better it would have jumped out more. I actually forgot as I was reading that it was 7 pivotal days. I think if the chapter t
Gaby Franz
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
¿Puede la vida de una persona cambiar en un día? ¿Qué tal en siete?
Esta es la premisa con la que empieza esta historia. Evan Donalson un chico que a la tierna edad de dieciséis años lo ha perdido todo, sus padres, su casa y todo cuanto conocía, termina en las calles tratando de sobrevivir el día a día prostituyéndose, hasta que la providencia pone en su camino al Padre Valentin. En un principio totalmente reacio a confiar en el Padre Valentin, Evan piensa que nadie hace algo sin querer nada a ca
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ok, this book, was good, probably a 4.5 star read.

We really follow Evan from being a rent boy living on the the streets through 20 years of his life. We check in on seven different days, seven important and sort of life changing days of his life. I feel like there was a day that really wasn't quite about Evan and maybe I would have loved to exchange that day for a different one. (view spoiler)
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, q3-gb-2011-read
For the Gang Bang Q3 recommended by Mika. Some Andrew Grey books can be a little on the too sweet side but this one worked for me. Maybe it's the format of picking 7 important days in the course of the main character, Evan's life that helped by giving it more focus. I found myself reacting on an emotional level to the story. I did think the priest in the story was not quite the good guy the story portrayed, especially with the way he reacted to what Evan revealed in the story. Father Valentin re ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
¡Me ha encantado! Cada uno de esos siete días de la vida de Evan es una magnífica instantánea donde, al contemplarse cronológicamente, se percibe el paso de los años y los cambios experimentados en él. Es una hermosa y conmovedora historia que no dejará indiferente al lector. Una historia donde lo peor y lo mejor que la vida puede ofrecer al ser humano queda brillantemente plasmado en tan sólo siete días de la existencia de su protagonista. Un canto a la amistad, el amor, la familia y, especialm ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet romance, well written. Interesting way of framing the story. The main characters are very well developed but could have done with more depth to the secondary ones. It's a very serious story of redemption and personal growth, but it's treated a bit like a fairy tale and that detracts from my enjoyment. Also, it felt like a lot was missing, from one chapter to the next. It could have been fleshed out better.

It's my first book by this author and I think I'll try another before I give up on hi
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Seven connected but discontinuous vignettes chronicling the major events in the life of the main character. Good concept, well executed, but the story is basically a character study with very little plot development or dramatic tension. For that reason, at the end of it, I really didn't care much about the characters, or the various events in their lives that just sort of happened without any sense of importance or urgency.
Jeanette Grey
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Well-written, with an interesting setting and a compelling backstory. But there was something about the sheer amount of time the book covered that made it feel distant to me. I couldn't connect to the romance as fully as I wanted to. But still, a good read, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I like Andrew Grey's writing, I do, however, I wish he'd been born with a uterus so he could give birth and raise all the babies he wants. Almost every book he writes has gay men adopting a baby. I find that so tedious. Not every gay man wants to be a mommy.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A sweet story, but something about the structure of it added a feeling of distance
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been a long time since I first read this and loved it just as much as had the first time round.
Babette Brown
TRE STELLINE E MEZZO (Amneris Di Cesare)

Forse io ho qualche problema con Andrew Grey come autore, perché pur essendo lui popolarissimo nel mondo dei Male To Male, non riesce a coinvolgermi completamente. La storia di Evan potrebbe essere intrigante: giovane sedicenne che si prostituisce nelle strade per sopravvivere e che viene soccorso da un sacerdote che lo accoglie in una prestigiosissima scuola/collegio e gli offre un futuro fatto di studio e di impegno; l’amore che piano piano nasce per il
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
This is an interesting concept for a story. How can a life/relationship be changed in seven pivotal days through out a life. It was interesting to see what days that author used in Evan's life and how each one effected him. Where this book fails is that in seven days I can't really connect with Evan and Clay and a romance has a lot of trouble being built in those few days. It felt like there was a distance between me and the relationship. Also a great deal of the pages focused on other parts of ...more
Katy Beth Mckee
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written story and it is amazing how someone story can be told by taking a close look at seven specific days over an about 20 year period. We go from a trouble teen to a caring and wonderful adult. It also gives you the insight how one person can impact another for good or bad depending on their actions. Evan proves to be a strong young man. We also get to watch Cole grow as well. Found this buried on my TBR pile and I'm so glad that I did.
T.M. Smith
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story follows the lives of Evan Donaldson and Clay Mueller and the seven most pivotal days in their lives. Loosing both his parents in a car accident was only the beginning of the sadness that would creep into this young mans life. Homeless and living on the streets, Evan makes some disturbing choices in order to survive. When Father Valentin stumbles upon him and offers him an escape and a better life at Sant Bart's, Evan is understandably skeptical. Swept away to Saint Bart's Evan finally ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: grey-books
I have to say that I did like this book. I didn't love it, but I did like it.
I admit that the title threw me a bit because here I thought the book was about a love at first sight kind of story.... you know, one that evolves into a 7 day love affair that leads to a HEA. However... that is NOT what I got. Instead, you're taken on this really emotionally confusing journey where Evan, this untrusting boy, is thrust into a bad situation after his parents pass away. What seemed like a dream come true
Sara Gatto
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa posso dire di questo romanzo?
E' un'iniezione di dolcezza pura, se la si sa cogliere nei momenti giusti, altrimenti è fin troppo crudo e brutale, ma molto, molto veritiero.
Tratta argomenti pesanti, come la prostituzione di giovani ragazzi in difficoltà. Di abuso di potere e sessuale da parte di chi, in teoria, dovrebbe essere la salvezza di questi ragazzi.
Parla dell'amore. Di quell'amore che ti fa camminare a tre centimetri dal pavimento anche se sai benissimo che nessuno lo vede. Quell'amo
Anita Bianchi
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Un romanzo che mi ha lasciato con dei sentimenti contrastanti. E' sicuramente una bella storia, commuovente, toccante e molto dolce. Tratta di argomenti difficili come la prostituzione minorile e la pedofilia da parte del clero. Vediamo Evan crescere, diventare consapevole di chi è, delle sue possibilità e di cosa vuole diventare. Pur essendo giovanissimo ha già sofferto molto e solo grazie alla profonda amicizia che lo lega ai suoi compagni di collegio e all'aiuto insperato di Padre Valentin, E ...more
Sam Williams
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really great. Andrew Grey took a big risk when he introduced a very sensitive subject, when a catholic priest (brother), who abuses a child. Now this will probably make people not want to read the book, as it is quite a powerful statement, but at the end of the day, this is a book, who some people will not like it, but i beleive it was in the meaning Andrew Grey was trying to portray.

There are alot of meanings in the book, anger, hatred, forgiveness, but so much love, an
Aine Massie
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, m-m, m-m-romance
4.5 Drops Review:

Seven Days begins with Evan struggling in the life his world had become since his parents had died in an auto accident. He's only a young teen living on the streets, dealing with taking johns so he has enough money to no starve or freeze to death.

Enter Father Valentin from St. Bartholomew's Academy for Boys. Evan's view of reality is so skewed that he almost doesn't accept the help offered, automatically assuming some kind of horrible cost for the supposed help. Thankfully he ta
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa posso dire di questo romanzo?
E’ un’iniezione di dolcezza pura, se la si sa cogliere nei momenti giusti, altrimenti è fin troppo crudo e brutale, ma molto, molto veritiero.
Tratta argomenti pesanti, come la prostituzione di giovani ragazzi in difficoltà. Di abuso di potere e sessuale da parte di chi, in teoria, dovrebbe essere la salvezza di questi ragazzi.
Parla dell’amore. Di quell’amore che ti fa camminare a tre centimetri dal pavimento anche se sai benissimo che nessuno lo vede. Quell’amor
Barb Manning
Seven Days by Andrew Grey chronicles most of the major events in Evan Donaldson's life, beginning as a young rent boy on the streets rescued by Father Val of St. Bartholomew's Academy to his adult life as a school teacher and father.

Grey paints some poignant images of growing up with abuse and the pain of loss. He creates a strong character in Evan Donaldson. Over and over Evan faces obstacles with courage and strength. His takes a painful childhood and makes a life worthy of admiration. Evan fa
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