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Seven Days of You Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"How hard am I crushing on Seven Days of You? I'm crying, laughing, aching, and squealing all at once. I would live in this book if I could."―Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"Seven Days of You is a deliciously fizzy, neon-bright romance: a swoony tangle of past and future, love and friendship, and what exactly it means to be home."―Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days
About the Author
Cecilia Vinesse is a dual citizen of the US and the UK, and, like the main character of Seven Days of You, went to an international school in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Barnard College in New York and holds a master's degree in creative writing from St. Andrews. Seven Days of You is her debut novel. She lives in England.
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What Fed My Addiction:
Like I said, I’m fascinated, so I kind of loved this little peek into an ex-pat’s life in Japan. We got seven days and nights of karaoke, train rides, Japanese food, and more—it was a fun glimpse at life in Tokyo. I also enjoyed learning a bit about how the school system works for foreigners in Japan and how an ex pat teenager’s life might look (and since Vinesse actually was one, I feel like we probably got a pretty realistic POV). I pretty much loved the setting for this book!
Sophia feels like she knows where she stands with her two best friends. She and Mika and David have known each other forever, and they have their own unique dynamic—and the fact that Sophia’s been crushing on David forever is just a part of it. But as the book goes on, Sophia begins to realize that not everything about her relationships has been perfect or even healthy. She realizes that it’s possible she’s been fooling herself, and others have been stringing her along. The question is, how broken are the relationships really, and are they worth salvaging or are some people better off being left behind? I like that the book explored this because I think this is a typical issue that many teens deal with—as they grow up, they might also grow apart from the friends they’ve counted on. They might realize that parts of their friendship were not healthy—that felt real to me.
Sophia also had to deal with her complicated relationships with her parents (who are divorced and live in completely different countries) and her sister. Navigating this territory sometimes gets difficult!
I kind of fell for Jamie right along with Sophia. He was sort of nerdy adorable, and I could see why Sophia had a hard time getting him out of her mind once he returned to her life. I also really felt the awkwardness that was created by the way that Jamie and Sophia had left things before Jamie moved. It was sort of fun to see Sophia’s dread turn to fascination turn to romantic feelings.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
Just seven days?
So, the whole premise of the book is that Sophia only has seven days to reconnect with Jamie. This is a little quick to build up a believable romance, even given Sophia and Jamie’s history (it’s not like they were dating). About three days in, I was starting to wonder how we were going to get to romance at all—so I had to suspend disbelief a little bit when it came to the timeline. This could have been a recipe for instalove disaster, but somehow Vinesse managed to convince me to be invested in Sophia and Jamie as a couple anyway—which is quite a feat. So, while the unrealistic timeline was definitely a drawback, it wasn’t nearly as frustrating as it could have been.
Overall, I thought this book was a really cute read. I do have to say that some people might not appreciate the ending, but I thought it was fitting considering how everything played out. (Of course, I don’t want to say much more than this, but if you want a tiny hint of a spoiler, check out the review on my blog.) I give this book 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via #BEA16 in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
"I guess that's why I'd made this stupid countdown. Because I wanted to hold on to the time I had left here. Because I wanted to separate good-bye from all the moments - all the better moments - that came before it. It was my own little scientific experiment, to try to contain that one second when everything I cared about would suddenly vanish."
I am a sucker for a broken character, and Vinesse gave us a bunch of them in this book. First and foremost, Sophia. Poor Sophia! My heart really went out to her. She was searching for "home" and just when she thought she found it in Tokyo, her mother's job forces her to relocate yet again. And while she is dealing with the move, she finds out that her friends have been keeping secrets from her. But, it's not just her friends who have been hiding things from Sophia, her sister, who had been distant the entire summer, drops a bombshell about their father. During this cataclysmic series of events, Jamie returns to Tokyo. Jamie, who was Sophia's best friend. Jaimie, who Sophia crushed on. Jamie, who broke Sophia's heart, and she in turn, broke his. So, yeah, Sophia is dealing with a lot, and I really appreciated that Vinesse did not make it easy for her. Sometimes it was tough standing by as Sophia tried to work it all out, but she came out better on the other side because it was difficult.
"This is a black hole. Or this week has been, anyway. Every second was longer than just a second, you know? And I mean that in a really good way because I love the idea of black holes. The idea that all of this space and time isn't really fixed, that we can change it."
Jamie was quite wounded too. As his story is slowly revealed, we learn that Jamie was hiding big and important parts of himself. But together, he and Sophia are able to feel "home". I bet you noticed I keep putting home in quotation marks. It's because the author made the idea of home a part of the story. Is home a place, a person, or a thing? This idea of home is explored by both Sophia and Jamie, as he is returning from a three year absence, and she is preparing to leave. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story, as I was totally able to relate.
"What I was going to say is, I never really felt like I belonged anywhere. I always felt like I was half in one place and half somewhere else. Like I was never exactly where I should be. Except - now. Except being here, with you."
In-between all the drama, there were a lot of fun parts. Most of them involved another very important character in the book: Tokyo. Tokyo is on my bucket list, and reading this book just increased my desire to visit. Vinesse painted a glorious picture of the city from the sights and sounds, to the food and entertainment. I really felt Sophia's attachment to the city and I could clearly see part of what Sophia would be missing.
What do I wish this book had? An epilogue! I so needed an epilogue. I have read endings like this a million times. That traditional, contemporary, open ended thing. I know it's supposed to allow me, the reader, to decide what happened next, but I hate that! I want the author to tell me. I just need closure, it's who I am.
This is me, begging for an epilogue
Overall: Super cute romance filled with love, loss, and hope for things to come.