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7 DAYS IN NOVEMBER

A time-passer, but not much

By Savannah, member

Apr 26, 2011: While the pace is slow and the excitement is limited to as much as the equivalent of a high-five on a happy day, this story is worth a look. Its a nice little trinket to take around for a busy day’s lunch break, when you just want to relax and rest your brain. This book isn’t one of the more interesting types, but its a nice getaway just before bed or right after a long hectic day. If you’re going to the beach, then bring it along also – helps to pass the time. The story is about some teenagers that tell a tale of seven days in their life. Nothing special happens, and (except for the fact that the characters are furry fox/dog creatures) the novel doesn’t highlight anything out of the ordinary for a teenager that’s aging in a cold high school system. A nice little bedtime story, at most.

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7 DAYS IN NOVEMBER

Seven Days…

By Sora, member

May 26, 2009: Summary: The story follows several teenagers in high school for seven days in November. These characters had to grow up without loving family due to negligence from the people around them. They learn to love and forgive as well as learning more about themselves within the confines of their stuck up prep school. Did I mention that they were anthropomorphic animals?

Likes: The characters seemed to be fully fleshed out, even despite the telling instead of showing. The characterization was one of the stronger points of the story and each character is dealing with something different. I am invested in the characters and find them engaging. The story moves along at a slow pace which is a nice rest from the other action packed stories on the net. However, as you get further into the story a character named Jon starts to get mentioned and it’s interesting to see how this group of friends is affected by his absence. Seven Days is a slice of life about growing up and being different from everyone. In this case, it merely uses furries or anthropomorphic animals to make it’s point. I rather enjoy that aspect, since it’s something new, but these characters could be any high school group. Using furries, for the most part, work to the story’s advantage giving a new spin on a classic high school and coming of age story.

Dislikes: There are many grammatical and spelling errors, so if you are a grammar nazi you may have trouble reading this story. You still might enjoy the story despite these mistakes, but it’s just warning. There is also a lot of telling instead of showing and what little action there is in the story is slowed down by the need to describe things instead of letting the reader fill in the blanks. There are also a few parts that get a little preachy and the "moral" of the story/part gets a little heavy handed at parts, almost like the author’s thoughts are being said by the characters. Even though the animal aspect is a fresh idea, it doesn’t seem like the theme is fully realized. There is so much more that can be done with this theme and as the story progresses, I hope to see more of the dynamic between the characters and their world, not just the characters and their group.

Overall: The pictures posted on the website, although not highly detailed, are very cute. But don’t let these cute little pictures fool you. This isn’t a story for kids (it’s not explicit, but there are mature themes). The age group this is aimed towards is around 13 and up.

I like this story simply because I like stories about people in school. If you can get past talking animals, it will probably be an interesting read. The furries don’t really act any different than normal human beings would, which is a good and a bad thing (see above). At 22 parts posted, the story is slow paced and is a bit of a breather for the more faster action oriented characters. If you don’t really like furries, that may turn you off, but it’s worth a shot.

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7 DAYS IN NOVEMBER

Teen fiction with fur

By Linda Schoales, editor

Mar 28, 2009: “7 Days in November” is the story of a group of friends in high school. They’re “furs”, which means they’re humanoid but with animal-like fur, ears and features. As furs they’re the minority group in this world. They’re looked on with suspicion and expected to keep separate from humans. Add to this the usual high school angst of relationships, friends, and parents, and you have an emotional, character-driven story.

Furball is a teenaged boy with calico cat colouring. As male calicos are extremely rare, he’s felt like a freak and outsider most of his life. Being the only fur in his class has made him very lonely and depressed. There are only 5 furs in his school and they are all his friends. They stick together and support each other. Ty and her brother TJ are orphans who took in Farly after his parents died. Ty’s boyfriend Bryan seems to be the solid, dependable type. Farly’s boyfriend Bourbon has problems with his parents because they can’t accept his homosexuality.

The story starts when Furball decides to stay home from school. He doesn’t have anything better to do, he’s just sick and tired of being young and lonely. Ty is also unhappy at school since she’s the only fur girl and the human girls are mean to her. She drags Furball out to go The Strip, where they hang out in the stores.

The story is very low-key and not much happens. In the first few parts the conversations are very short and on the surface. Things get a bit deeper by the 4th or 5th part, but the overall feeling is one of angst and malaise. I feel sorry for them but not really emotionally involved in the story. It’s hard to get to know them well enough to really care. By part 13, there still isn’t much of a plot, just episodes strung together. Over the course of the weekend, the friends hang out, shop, talk, and go to a party. The “fur” thing is mostly used to make them outsiders within their society. Because they’re different they’re perceived as inferior to the humans. It doesn’t get cute very often and it contrasts with how “normal” they are in personality.

So far, “7 days in November” is a low-key, character-driven story about a weekend in the lives of a circle of high school misfits who happen to have fur, ears and tails. They live their lives, try to deal with their problems, and help each other out. If you like teen fiction that focuses on relationships, you might want to check this out.

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