Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You

Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Pages: 336

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Goodreads SynopsisSophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: What first got my attention with Seven Days of You was the location. I love everything having to do with Tokyo and I just had to take a chance and read this novel. I don’t often delve into contemporary reads but, aside from Tokyo, the story of having only seven days to say and do what you’ve been wanting to for a long time was intriguing.

Although these two things caught my attention from the start, it didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping. Throughout most of the book, Tokyo was lacking. There were references to a few of the areas, but were short and mostly in passing. It left me wanting more description and hoping for more of it within the pages, instead of the same locations such as Starbucks, the karaoke places, and random other spots the characters decided on.

There was much going on though with Sophia and her “friends” that got packed into the seven days she had remaining in Tokyo. Much of the events that transpired made me annoyed and irritated by how rash they were with each other, especially considering they were all supposed to be the best of friends. We have David who is the worst of them, Mika who isn’t honest about her actions, James who is back with feelings that will take any hit, and Sophia who has blinded herself to all of it and flips emotions from one minute to the next.

“But it was hard to focus on the present moment when everyone in it was acting so weird. I felt like I was floating. Lost between this second and the next, between all these different versions of myself I’d left scattered across the globe.” 

I liked most of James’ and Sophia’s story, and enjoyed James’ character a lot more than the main character herself. He was the friend that everyone hopes for and the boyfriend that many wish they had. I just couldn’t get my head around how it was all happening so fast, mainly because of how much love she is said to have for David, how obsessed with a connection that doesn’t really exist. Then all of a sudden she has all these feels for James that grow hundred times more in just a few days, mind you a guy she hasn’t spoken to or seen in several years.

Even with those irksome moments, I kept reading all the way through. I wanted to know what happened, if she found a way to stay, what the outcome was going to be. I read much of it, but moved along quicker in some areas and found that I was mostly glad she was going to leave and start the next phase of her life elsewhere. The only hard part was leaving James behind, because there wasn’t much of Tokyo to miss. Seven Days of You was a hard one for me because I truly wanted to love this novel and it turned out to be a mix of feels.


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