Personal Thoughts: After finishing and loving P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, I decided I was on a contemporary kick and jumped right into one of my most anticipated of 2017. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse is a book that I got an ARC of at BEA and I’d been meaning to read it before it’s March release date so I could review it here on the blog. What initially peaked my interest in Seven Days of You is the fact that it’s set in Tokyo. I love all things Japan so my heart felt ready to dive in and run around Tokyo in my head while ignoring the Nor’easter weather conditions here in NYC.
Plot Summary: Seven Days of You is the story of a girl named Sophia who has only one week left in Tokyo. She’s lived there with her mother and her sister for more combined years than any other location and she’s not ready to leave her best friends, her school and everything familiar in her life behind and head to New Jersey right before she begins her senior year of high school. As Sophia is getting ready to leave, Jamie, the boy she’s harbored a huge grudge against for the past couple of years, arrives back in Tokyo and their relationship dynamic begins to change when he helps her pick up the pieces of everything falling apart around her. But despite the change of heart, Sophia and Jamie are dealing with an impending deadline of Sophia’s inevitable departure.
Critique: I’m sad to say that Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse did not live up to my expectations. My initial interest in the Tokyo setting ended up being the only thing that kept me going throughout the whole story. I loved anytime the characters would meet up at a tourist destination in Tokyo, would go to karaoke, or would indulge in Japanese snacks. It was really fun to pick out some favorites and wish I were there eating with them! There was also a mention in the beginning of the book that reminded me of one of my favorite manga series (Nana by Ai Yazawa) so I was very hyped. Unfortunately, my love of the book ended there. I didn’t completely dislike the book but none of the characters were very memorable, and I struggled with the plot. Sophia and her friends Mika and David are immature. David treats Sophia horribly yet she spends a good portion of the story harboring a crush on him anyway. I really disliked the way the situation between the three of them was handled from beginning to end. Then there’s the love interest Jamie who seemed like such a good guy. He’s way too good for everything that Sophia puts him through and it was sad to see him hang around her. Mika seemed like she had potential to be an interesting character but it was difficult to ever fully understand her or the motivation behind her actions and David is just awful. Another thing I found strange is that Japanese words would be in italics the first time they were used. I’m unsure if this is because I read an ARC version or if it was an intentional way to show readers that an object is Japanese. I’ll be very curious to see if that’s the same in the finished version. One thing I did like is that each chapter has a countdown in the chapter header showing us how many more days, hours, minutes and seconds Sophia has left before she leaves Tokyo. Seven Days of You is an enjoyable read for the Japanese references but it’s not something I would re-read and I know the story isn’t one that will stick with me.