The Number 7

The Number 7

by Jessica Lidh

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It all starts with a mysterious phone call from Louisa's decorative antique phone. And that wouldn't be so strange, except that the phone is unplugged, and has been for years. Frightened by the call and its message--and questioning her own sanity--Louisa listens as a somehow-familiar voice describes a lost family secret about Louisa's grandfather and his daring involvement in resisting the Nazi scourge in his native Sweden during World War II. Piecing together each clue she can find, Louisa begins to see how her grandfather's guilt and shame continues to haunt her own father, and the rest of her family, decades later, planting seeds of doubt that threaten to tear them all apart.

Now desperate to know the full truth, despite the charming distractions of a boy with secrets of his own, Louisa becomes consumed with her discoveries, which she passes off to her parents as a school history project. Digging through old family albums and letters, she at last begins to see that the phone call was only the beginning, and that she is the one meant to be the messenger who can bring the truth of the past to light--before it's too late for her family.

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ISBN-13: 9781440583070
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 11/07/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 745 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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The NUMBER 7 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
First things first, that cover is awesome because it represents the story perfectly!! Secondly, this was a fascinating and intriguing read. I had never heard of it before but loved the sound of it when I got it for review so dived right in.  Louisa, her sister and her dad move back to his childhood home. While in the attic one day, the antique phone up there starts to ring. She answers only to hear her dead grandmother on the line. She tells Louisa that she has a secret that needs to be told, and so begins the tale of Louisas grandfather and his Swedish roots.  For me, the best thing about this was the Grandfathers tale. It was absolutely fascinating. I also loved how the author brought the secret to life. The fact that it came in the form of telephone calls every so often was awesome. It made the story that more suspenseful and intriguing. You could also feel how frustrated Louisa was with not hearing the full story and only getting it in bits.  The book is told from both Loisas POV and her granddads POV. Louisa side of the story centers on her adjusting to life after losing her mother and moving to a new place. She has a lot to deal with and now she is getting phone calls from beyond the grave. I really liked Louisa, she was level headed although I didn't like the way she was with the boys in her life. There is a love triangle, which I hate!!!! Louisa just acts weird around them. When she is with one guy she seems to forget about the other. She couldn't make up her mind and that annoyed me.  I cant say too much about the granddads story because I could ruin something but I will say that it was fascinating. Its set in the time of Hitler and just before WW2. I loved the setting for it because Sweden was neutral during the war and its such a beautiful place.  The only bad thing about it is the love triangle (I cant stress how much I hate them) and how Louisa was with the boys. It felt unreal and brought down the rating.  Anyway, overall I really enjoyed the book. It was a fascinating and quick read. It a tragic tale but also a hopeful one. Its a story of love, loss and family and one you will enjoy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book around Christmas time and finished it after a day or so. Some reviews have stated there was too much going on in the novel. For me, however, that's what kept the book interesting and hard to put down. I was constantly captivated by the events, the interesting aspects to the characters, and the History the book had to offer. It's a REALLY great book and worth the read.
Miranda_Mowbray More than 1 year ago
Going into The Number 7, I had absolutely no idea what it was about. I love going into books blind, and from the cover I could only assume that this was some sort 1920s murder mystery? But that was definitely not the case! Inside is a crazily unique blend of romance, historical fiction, and paranormality that I couldn't help but fall in love with.  Louisa was immediately so easy for me to relate to, and I had a lot of fun reading her story. I have to comment on the fact that, yes, this is another "magic phone" book that is vaguely reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell's Landline. It's hard not to draw the comparison. But besides that one element, the two books are completely different from each other. I really enjoyed how the phone allowed the story to become a little bit paranormal, but it didn't go too far and overshadow the other elements. It was also a super creative way to facilitate the reader in seamlessly switching between Louisa's story in the present and her grandparents' story in the past. But I do think I should mention that, while the historical fiction aspect of The Number 7 plays an important role, it's really mostly a contemporary that focuses strongly on romance. And there is a love triangle. I think that the love triangle is probably what stopped me from rating this book higher. It's common knowledge at this point that readers are kind of done with love triangles unless they're insanely well written. And unfortunately it wasn't. I just couldn't feel strongly about either of Louisa's love interests — they were very flat, uninteresting characters, and because of how short the book is, there ultimately weren't a ton of scenes with her and each one individually. So I never ended up rooting for one or the other, and then had a hard time understanding how Louisa eventually made her choice, because I honestly couldn't have cared less about who she ended up with in the end.  My favorite part of The Number 7 was definitely the historical fiction part of the story and how it integrated with Louisa's current life. I loved that there was such a strong sense of family in this novel. A lot of times, those relationships are either left out or negatively portrayed in YA fiction, so it made me happy to see Lidh do something nice with it instead. There were a lot of problems in Louisa's family life, don't get me wrong, but you can tell how important family is to her from the very beginning, and repairing those broken pieces is definitely her highest priority regardless of how many times she swoons over Gabe and Chris.  Overall, this book was a quick, entertaining read that even managed to tug at my heartstrings a few times. Louisa's story is an interesting one, and I'm so glad that I didn't decide to pass this one up based on the cover (don't let it fool you, this is not secretly an Agatha Christie novel, I promise). If this is Lidh's debut, I can't wait to see what she'll come up with next!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars There was so much happening in this book; I wished the author would have left a few of them out. It seemed so crowded, all of them competing for space, too many issues trying to grab the limelight, it just seemed to be too much. Lou, Greta and their father move to Pennsylvania, their father’s childhood home after their grandmother passes away. The children don’t know anything about their grandparents and we later find out that their father doesn’t really know much about his own parents either. The girl’s mother died a few years earlier from cancer and Lou carries around a stapled list of memories. These worn, yellowed sheets are everything she remembers about her mother, all 522 memories. This wonderful tribute to her mother, Lou has memorized. Greta is not keen about moving mid-senior year and her actions later show that. The family as a whole must also deal with some emotional issues as they adjust to where they are in life, as so much is happening and so quickly. As Lou cleans out grandma’s attic, she happens upon an old rotary phone. With no electrical plug and no dial tone, this nonworking phone makes more than the tick, tick, tick as it falls back into alignment when she winds her finger around the dial, Lou hears breathing. The stories that are transmitted over this ancient piece of equipment mesmerize and quickly draw Lou into the lives of her namesake. It was these stories that I wanted to hear more about, these pieces of the past that where hidden and were finally being revealed that captivated me. As Lou was listening to the stories, trying to figuring out their meaning and importance, I was right beside her spellbound. These were a great mystery to add to the drama being played out. This was my favorite part of the novel. Lou also has a long triangle going on with Chris and Gabe. Both of these boys are unique in their own way and if I was Lou, I’d have to flip a coin as they each brought out something in her. She has a lot in common with Chris and he shows a unique side of himself, a tender side. Gabe on the other hand makes her feel exceptional and there is this liveliness about him. Her father is also experiencing love for the first time since his wife died. Things are changing for this household, a new chapter is being written, and hopefully it is a time for growth.