It took me quite a while to sit down and write a review for this book because it was one of those stories that I felt like holding onto for a little bit. You know the kind I’m talking about, the ones that you become so attached to and don’t feel like talking about immediately because you want the story to continue. So you put off reviewing it thinking that it can change the fact that there is no more story left… #BookwormLogic I cannot be the only one who does this!
It wasn’t that this book changed my whole world or anything like that, but it just reminded me about certain things I really want in my life and motivated me to continue on this path that I am on to make it happen… It was pretty awesome!
*Thank you to the awesome people from Pan Macmillan South Africa for sending me a review copy of this book*
Sophia 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?
If I had to sum up Seven Days of You in one word, it would be “adorable”. It’s always refreshing to read a YA romance that is this sweet yet equally meaningful – I guess you could say that I’ve read enough bad YA books to last me a lifetime. So it makes me especially happy to be writing this post, saying that I was pleasantly surprised by another YA romance in a very short period of time; see here, here and here.
Seven Days of You is set in Tokyo. That’s enough said for me, but let me elaborate for you… I’m all for books set in countries that are not England or USA; but only if it’s done properly. I mean, if by the end of the book I don’t feel the urge to buy myself a plane ticket and go backpacking across the country in question then the author has failed to deliver.
So allow me to give Cecilia Vinesse a massive “hells yeah!!” for what she managed to pull off with this book. Because when I finished the final page, I was so desperate for more Tokyo!! It was delightfully detailed and I felt as if I were touring right along with the characters. It was brilliantly executed and I thoroughly appreciated the exploration. When I completed Seven days of You, I messaged my Mom practically begging her to bring me some sushi (LOL! Thanks Mum for delivering, you are THE best!) Suffice it to say, I was totally drawn into this story and I would love to experience Tokyo at least once in my lifetime.
Before I get to the tooth-achingly sweet romance in this book, I would like to take a moment to talk about something else I picked up on this story that I found myself enjoying… I loved how the author wrote specific, detailed backgrounds for her characters. While reading the book I felt like these characters were actual people since they had their own histories and memories that were woven into the plot. It wasn’t done in any obvious way too, but rather subtle; building on a something where the flashback became clearly relevant to the situation being discussed. It’s as if the author created an entire being for each of them in just under 340 pages. It was brilliantly done and I definitely formed a meaningful connection with the story and characters because of this technique.
So of course, there is romance. It’s sweet and totally adorable but it’s also completely realistic. I loved that about this book. It could’ve been so easy for the author to go overboard and make everything fit together perfectly, but she didn’t. And for me, this added a surprising depth to the book.
It spoke of living in the moment. Of facing fears by being afraid and still going ahead regardless. It was a story of love gained and love lost and everything else in between. It was a charming book about friendship and memories; one that I can highly recommend.
Also, the writing was just lovely:
‘…From the moment I met you, you intimidated the hell out of me. You’re so cool. And terrifying.’
‘I don’t mean it like that,’ he said. ‘You’re terrifying in a good way.’
‘Obviously. Like spiders or serial killers or life-threatening diseases.’
‘You’re terrifying the way a book is right before it ends. You know? When you have to put it down because it’s too much to take in at once. You are the most terrifying person I know.’
I gave Seven Days of You a 4/5 star rating.
*This book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan South Africa in exchange for an honest review.*