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?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Two and a half stars: If you are looking for a cute romance, this isn't it. Too much drama, and it is open ended.
Sophia stares at the dwindling count down on her watch. She only has seven days left in Tokyo, before she moves back to the States. She is extremely irritated when she learns that Jamie, her once best friend, who left three years ago, will be back before she leaves. Sophia and Jamie fought bitterly before he left, and she has no desire to see him again. However, things change when the friendships Sophia thought were solid come splintering down, leaving the one person standing whom she not thought she would not speak to again. Will Sophia find love before she leaves?
What I Liked:
- Seven Days of You was a book I wanted to love, but it wasn't. However, I did appreciate that the author kept this realistic and that she touched upon the insecurities and anxieties that Sophia felt as her life was changing. The emotions felt real and honest.
- I liked that there was a strong focus on family. Sophia's family has struggled since her dad left. I enjoyed watching Sophia and her sister, Alison, work through their emotions and hard feelings toward their father. In the end, they were there for each other even though they had plenty of ups and downs.
- I thought the author did a great job touching upon all the different emotions that Sophia was feeling as she dealt with leaving Tokyo. There is anxiety, dread, happiness, sadness and so much more.
- Even though there is very little romance, I did like the parts when Sophia figures it out and gets it right. Unfortunately, most of that is right at the end.
- Tokyo was a great setting. You don't get many books set in Tokyo, and I liked experiencing it through Sophia's eyes.
And The Not So Much:
- Where do I begin? First, I picked this up because I wanted something sweet and fluffy and this is anything but. There is so much drama, and lots of miscommunication and fighting. There is very little romance, and what you get is rushed and it occurs mostly at the end. I was so disappointed.
- I didn't enjoy all the drama. Sophia is constantly getting into fights. She quarrels with her two best friends and her sister. After awhile, it got to be too much. I could have done without all the fighting.
- I was excited that this book was set in Tokyo, but I was disappointed because I never felt like the author transported me there. There was not enough description, and I didn't get the flavor of Tokyo. It is mostly just mentioning places that Sophia visits. I wanted more. The author includes Japanese words for foods or clothing or what not and then she doesn't explain what they are. I want more telling and less showing.
- The ending is abrupt and open. This book needs an epilogue. After all the drama, I wanted it to end in a nice spot, and it doesn't. I hated the way it ended.
Seven Days of You is a book that did not restore my interest in YA contemporary. If anything, it made me pull further away. This book was a disappointment to me because the romance doesn't pan out until the final portion. There is too much drama, lots of fighting and miscommunication to the point where it is over the top. Then after all that, the book has an abrupt open ending. This is a book that I would recommend borrowing if you want to read it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.