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Eve Ainsworth’s debut YA novel, 7 Days is a contemporary dual narrative novel focused on bullying and was published by Scholastic in Feb 2015, followed by Crush in 2016, Damage in 2017 and Tender in 2018. Eve previously worked in a large secondary school, as a Child Protection Officer, whilst also concentrating on her writing, and has had competition success with her short stories, most recently in Prima and Writer’s Forum. A short story has also been published in The Weekly News. Her previous Young Adult novel, The Art of Kissing Frogs, was shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize (June 2012). She lives with her husband and two slightly nutty children in Crawley, West Sussex.
7 DAYS by Eve Ainsworth
This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won’t be able put it down until you’ve reached the conclusion. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today. (more)
“A snappy, brilliant look at bullying and the two sides to every tale. Nuanced, tight and entertaining.” — Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House
Love hurts … but should it hurt this much?
Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive. (more)
How can you heal if you can’t face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret – a secret so terrible she can’t tell her family, or her best friend. She can’t even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see. A searing look at self-harm and acceptance from hugely talented author Eve Ainsworth. Warning: includes content that some readers may find upsetting.
For Marty and Daisy, life is about pretending. Pretending means everything’s fine. Pretending means not thinking about what’s really going on. But the thing about pretending is, at some point, it has to stop. And then what?
“A compelling, compassionate and unflinching novel.” – Cat Clarke, bestselling author of Girlhood