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Seven Days to Goodbye

(Trina Ryan #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  27 reviews
After Trina's beloved dog dies, she swears she'll never get another one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she becomes a Puppy Raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel at the end of their week-long summe ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Barking Rain Press
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I received a free kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much.

For starters, i recently lost my very dear sweet dog, he was with me for most part of my life and when I saw this book I thought that it could be an excellent opportunity to mourn him and heal. Thankfully it did help but it also gave me a sweet lovely story about friendship, letting go and moving on.

Trina is a young teenage girl that's currently living her final days with her beloved dog Sydney, who
Suzy Davies
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept for this story is original and it is clear that the author is knowledgeable and has researched the subject matter: service dogs. This is admirable. However, there are some problems with the writing, and I would strongly recommend a rewrite.
The main issue for me is that the authorial voice does not ring true. The subject matter is appropriate for a Y.A audience, but the delivery makes the story sound more like an M.G Chapter Book. For example, at one point, the author, a young adult,
Stephanie Parker
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, Heartwarming
Sheri S. Levy’s “Seven Days to Goodbye” is more than a teen read with the inevitable fashion, different maturity levels, and boy-girl relationship uncertainties. It introduces readers to the wonderful world of service dogs and their abilities, to young service dog trainers, and to the marvel of coastal wildlife.
Trina and best friend Sarah embark on a week-long beach vacation. But are they still best friends? Sarah can think of nothing other than trendy new clothes and
Justin Murakami
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

I found this book a quick, uncomplicated read that I was able to finish within a few hours' time. It did a really great job presenting and discussing issues and challenges involved with temporarily adopting and training service animals--a topic for which the story was primarily a vehicle.

It has been a few years since I was in intermediate school or a preteen myself, so I don't want to be too harsh a judge. However, when
Caitlin Knotts
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I finished this book in a day, and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for animal, and specifically service animals. The main focus of the story is the last week in the training of a young service dog Sydney by his puppy trainer Trina. During the story Trina and her family, along with her best friend Sarah and her family, enjoy a summer vacation at a beach house. The trip is Trina's last adventure with Sydney, trying to complete all his initial training before he goes back to the serv ...more
Seven Days to Goodbye takes place during a week of roller coaster emotions for our protagonist, Trina. Trina has been busy for a year with schoolwork and fostering and training Sydney, a border collie service dog. In the book, this is Trina's last week with Sydney as he must be returned to the service dog organization to find his fur-ever family and a child that will need his protection. While Trina is happy that she is going on a vacation to the beach with her family and her best friend, the th ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Middle grade life is hard enough for any adolescent, but when your best friend becomes obsessed with clothes and boys and the puppy you have been training as a service dog has to be given up, life becomes just that much harder. Trina has one week left with puppy Sydney, and she and her family spend that week with her best friend Sarah's family. As Trina meets a young boy who has autism and tries to convince his mother of the benefit of a service dog such as Sydney, Trina has to decide whether to ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet tale of young girl and her special bond with a gifted dog. Trina and Sydney will tug at your heart strings as they explore the beach during their last week together before Syd gets adopted. You will feel Trina's joy and sorrow as she navigates a changing relationship with her best friend, meets new friends, and struggles with saying goodbye to Sydney. Sydney does Trina proud when he rises to his own challenge during their last few days together. A tender and poignant read for a middle and ...more
Sheri S.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can not let another morning go by without telling Sheri how much I enjoyed reading Seven Days to Goodbye! I LOVE “coming of age” books and yours was fantastic! Sheri, you really put a lot of thoughts into the readers head, especially relationships. Parents, friends, opposite sex and of course dogs. I am mailing your book to my cousins daughter. I do not believe she is much of a reader but if any book could give her the gift of loving to read it is yours!
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my god!!! I loved this book :D It was such a simple book that involved no thinking just enjoyment, it reminded me about my first love and all the wonderful and sometimes intense emotions of being a teenager. It was also set on the beach which made it 100 times more lovely to read. I really wished it would never end. PLEASE let there be a sequel!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seven Days to Goodbye is Sheri Levy’s inaugural book in the Middle School/Young Adult arena. I believe this book would, also, be appreciated by dog lovers of all ages and service dog puppy raisers and/or service dog partners. Although the title may lead one to expect a sad story, Ms. Levy delivers a poignant, enlightening discussion of the challenges and emotions associated with being a puppy raiser for a future service dog. I read this book through the eyes of an individual that has been partne ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktasters
I liked reading Seven Days To Goodbye. It was interesting though I found myself wondering what year it was based in. Trina wavered between being a child and maturing. She was very good at training the dog and in making responsible decisions. However there was a lot of child left in her. Her behavior matched that of a young teen years ago. In today’s world, though, I would have placed her around nine or ten. Sarah too, felt wrong for this year. Since no year was given I’m not going take a star. T ...more
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May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

Sheri S. Levy’s middle-grade novel Seven Days to Goodbye is a touching read. After the loss of Trina’s beloved dog, she becomes a Puppy Raiser. Sydney is her first service dog student and he will return to his kennel family after a summer vacation. Her ‘best’ friend Sarah and her family also join Trina and her parents for their annual getaway. Trina and Sarah’s friendship has been strained since their individ
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, being a dog lover, I so relate to the feelings of Trina and what she goes through. Dogs are a blessing straight out of heaven and I am really, really glad the author wrote this book.
I would sincerely like to thank her for this.
However, that is not the only angle in this book 'Seven Days to Goodbye' because we also have the complicated situation between Trina and her best friend and this guy, Chase. The strained relationship between the two best friends is quite interesting and compl
Beth Schmelzer
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authentic story of an Inspiring Teen

Trina taught me the importance of sticking to a goal unselfishly. I know several relatives who love dogs and will appreciate Sheri Levy' s story.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I received this book from the author via Booktasters in exchange for an honest review.

Living in a semi-rural town of India, service dogs are a rarity in my part of the world and reading a book about a teen training service dogs gives the reader a refreshing new perspective on such topics. And diversity in literature is the trend these days.

Although this debut novel has been marketed as a YA, it has a more Middle Grade feel to it. However, this was not a drawback, infact Trina the protagonist is
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 14-05-16
A super family friendly story to suit all ages from pre-teens to grandparents. Plenty of humorous true to life incidents – dogs, kids and beach – what’s not to love!. The characters as sketched out are just typical for the average Aussie family (although this is set elsewhere it may as well be in Australia) – right down to the parents’ taste in music, their easy-going approach to life ups and downs that enables the teenage daughters to feel both autonomous and secure as in the ‘we’ve-got-your-ba ...more
Robin Atkins
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best friends are forever! A story about Trina and Sarah - growing up and jealousy. Doing things together and growing apart. It's life.

Trina spends a week at the beach with her parents, service dog in training, Sydney and best friend. The girls laugh and have fun and at the same time jealous of the other. This is Trina's last week with Sydney and the two share warm moments.

This book is a fast read and a great one as well. What drew me to this book was the cover and it's my hope that others will f
Hillary Baun
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hillary Hall De Baun: This is a must-read treasure. When I finished Seven Days to Goodbye, I wished it would go on forever. Three cheers for new author Sheri Levy and her poignant account of a young girl and her dog and how you say goodbye to someone you love. If you've ever wondered how puppies are trained to become service dogs, this wonderful story will tell you everything you want to know. The themes of friendship and first love also resonate throughout, but it's Sydney, an Australian shephe ...more
C. Clark
Sweet, touching, I can see this book in a young teen's grip, hiding in her bedroom, tears in her eyes. How much more can you heap on a girl's plate than taking her friend, her boy, and her dog? Trina faces so much growing up in this coming of age tale about a girl who helps train service dogs, and about the time she is about to lose the first one she's trained, she finds her girlfriend no longer in sync with her, on the verge of leaving Trina for a better social life. Add boy issues, and a hint ...more
Tami Bartshe
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story of a young girl and the dog she is training to be a service dog.
The gist of the story was very good...but I was disappointed in the simple dialogue between Trina and her BFF Sarah. I felt like the story had more teenage drama then story about the the service dog Sydney.
Overall, a quick easy read. Great for YA or anybody who loves dogs (and who doesn't love a good dog story?).
I would recommend this story and look forward to part 2.
Received this free book in exchange for an honest r
Judy Sheluk
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is classified as YA and it has been a long time since I was a young adult, but I'm a dog lover and the premise of the book called out to me. I'm so glad it did. I found myself reading well into the night, as I read about a teenaged dog trainer, Trina and her service dog in training, Sydney. The adolescent angst of best friends and first time love interests reminded me of my own youth. A wonderful, heartwarming read. I can't wait for the sequel.
Vera Wilson
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've vacationed at Edisto, where the story takes place, so this make the book enjoyable to me. Tricia was so,into training the dog, that it did cause friendship with her best friend to be a little difficult at times

Story written for the middle school age group, but also someone that would like to learn about training dogs to become service dogs would enjoy reading it. You would really need to be an animal lover to enjoy the book.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It made me really wish I was at the beach.... read it cover to cover in one day. Great character development and lots of layering. Can't wait for the next one.
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was looking on BookTasters timeline for another to pick.

I saw Seven Days to Goodbye, looked up what it was about. I thought that it sounded fun. But I hesitated on asking for it.

I looked some more and looked some others up. Nothing was catching my eye. I kept going back to Seven Days to Goodbye, I was thinking of asking for it, but at the same time I hesitated still.

I in the end decided to ask for it. I'm really glad I did.

This story is relatable to me in so many ways. Trina is afraid of lo
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