ARC Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Series: N/A
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on March 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336 : ARC edition
Source: Sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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?

Traveling, living, and leaving, are three very different and distinct states of being. But they overlap. There’s a sense of urgency in each, but also a wish that time will slow down.

I’m always beyond thankful when a publisher sends me a surprise ARC in the mail, but this one is particularly special to me. Seven Days of You arrived on my doorstep about a month before I was leaving my last quarter of college, and I started reading it two weeks before that before finally finishing it now, on the eve of my departure.

And there’s something so real about it. That ache of leaving behind a city that you know and love is woven all throughout Sophia’s narrative in this and resonated so clearly with me (though her story is tied up with a bit more romance than mine). There were quite a few times I wasn’t sure if I wanted to walk into the page to see Tokyo through her eyes, or to drag her and all her friends into my real world where we could bond over the shared experience of leaving.

Seven Days of You reminded me a lot of a Jennifer E. Smith book. Short and sweet, right to the point, and something I never really wanted to let go of. It left me nostalgic for things I had experienced (and those I hadn’t) and is a book that I want to share with people over and over. Because when you share a book you’re somewhat subtly saying, “hey, this is important to me and you are also important to me. Read this. Let’s share what we can’t put into words.” It’s magical.

2 Replies to “ARC Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse”

  1. lovely review! <3

    1. Thank you!!

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