Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book made me text my ex and thank him for the memories.
It was that deep.
Talia Hibbert reviewed this book and she mentioned that this had a Romeo and Juliet vibe, and I can definitely see/feel that. This book was intense! Hot, fiery, passionate, full of tension, and just damn good.
I will be the first to tell you that I do not read Romance novels on a regular basis. But this one?! OMG! I’m undone!
The reason that I’m undone is because bits and pieces of this story was true for my life. I had the guy who “had no direction” in his life, let my mother tell it. She secretly drove the love of my life away from me claiming that he was distracting me from college. Because he loved me so much, he disappeared so that he wouldn’t be a distraction. He left to go ‘better’ himself, and I didn’t hear from him for over 5 years. At that point it was too late. Too much life had interfered and I was stuck without him in my life. We ended up trying to get back together at some point, but it was a mess, literally. He didn’t want to be the cause of a broken home, nor did he want to do long-distance, so… we parted ways.
I’ve never forgiven my mother to this day about how she interfered in my life and caused my soulmate to leave me. The trajectory of my life would’ve been different had we stayed together. We still communicate, but it’s not the same. He’s married with a kid, and I’m married with kids. He lives in my hometown, and I’m halfway across the country in another timezone. I barely stay in touch because I can’t trust myself with my emotions with him. He knows me inside and out and totally understands my whole being. He’s the only one who I’ve given my all to, and most likely will be the only one. I feel like he was made for me, and I for him. However, as struggles arise in my current marriage from time to time, I can’t help but think, what if…
Anyways, this book completely unraveled me. Shane and Genevieve (ha! my mother’s name) are high school lovers who shared a week in June, 15 years ago, in an intense, hot, passionate, fiery, unapproved situationship. Shane disappears and Genevieve hasn’t forgotten or forgiven his absence. Matter of fact, she’s created an entire fictional book series around this mysterious chemistry they shared while in high school. Meanwhile, Shane, also rocked by this out of nowhere romance, is a highly acclaimed writer who has written a book series about Genevieve in a way that is communicating in some way with Genevieve across decades, in his novel series with a female protagonist by the name of Eight.
Shane, one day decides that enough is enough, and he has to face his fears about Genevieve and tell her what happened and apologize for that fateful day where he disappeared. In the middle of all this drama and memories, Genevieve (aka Eva Mercy) is also looking to break out of a shell she’s been hammering together for 15 years. With the advise of her “wise beyond her years” daughter, she decides to finally live her best life, and do things she never would’ve done before. The results are so worth it.
The message I heard in this book was so loud and clear:
– Fuck what ya heard, and live your life babygirl!
If you can relate to any part of this story, you are in for a real treat. The writing is just sooo good!! The banter, the playing, the fighting, the emotions, the tugs and pulls, the tension, the mystery, the discovery, the thrill, the let downs, the everything… this book pulls on every heart string you have.
Genevieve (Eva) has debilitating migraines, and I loved how the author depicted her ‘invisible disability’ so well. I felt like I could feel the pain of the migraines myself as I was reading. She gave those migraines a real lens, and as a reader who suffers from headaches and a husband who has migraines, I could totally relate to how she felt. The author talked about the stigma, the stress, the shame, the ignorance that others have regarding disabilities that aren’t quite visible. She let the migraines speak for themselves, and allowed people who suffer from debilitating migraines a platform to share their experience and educate others as well.
Shane also has a crutch/vice. He’s relied on alcohol to numb the pain of so many things in his life, but he’s slowly coming to realize that in order to grow up, he needs to be sober. Throughout this book, we watch him manage his sobriety and find ways to be healthy and learn to live without being addicted to self-destructive behaviors.
Tia Williams also discusses in detail the harm that generational curses have on families. Eva is able to dismantle the generational curse in her family, but it was WORK. However, Williams shares this, I believe, in hopes that people can see that you can break generational curses. You can find the truth and let that set you free from continuing the same dysfunction, and having this knowledge allows you to filter things so that you don’t have to fall into the same trap if possible.
This book also shares the behind the scenes portion about book writing in general, and all the things that go into writing books. The fandom, the creative process, the stress, the deadlines, the barriers, the sexism, the influencers, booktube, bookstagram, booktok, the publishing and marketing ordeal, all that… The celebs, the haves and the have nots in the writing world. I mean, Williams just does an excellent job about the actual writing process and what it takes to get a book out into the world.
Some of the topics that this book shares:
– Sexism in publishing
– Invisible disabilities
– Writing process
– Generational curses
– Single mom/motherhood
– Work/life balance
– Teenage love
– Truth telling
I could literally read this book again right now. It is just that good! For anyone who doesn’t really do romance novels, this one might just be up your alley. 5 stars.
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