[707]: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Mildly enjoyable; helplessly forgettable.


Seven Days of You
by Cecilia Vinesse

Sophia is no stranger to uprooting her life and moving to another country. Her family has done it at least twice in her short lifetime. She’s an American in Japan who’s spent summers in France with her father and his new family.

This move, however, will be different. This time, New Jersey will be their home base for good.

She didn’t anticipate a week of sharing the same continent with Jamie Foster-Collins, however. If she has any choice, leaving Japan without seeing Jamie’s shadow will be a welcomed blessing. But Jamie seemed determined to fix whatever went wrong two years ago. Once upon a time, he was a part of their small crew along with David, the flirty Australian ambassador’s son, and Mika, her best friend. They were friends who lost touch after his move to North Carolina. Conflating the issue was a painful episode that rendered their friendship close to obsolete. So hearing about his return a week before she leaves did not sit well with Sophia. And if she’s being honest, the hurt that cuts deep goes way beyond some angry words accidentally sent by a text message, and deeper still than the words she threw on his face.

She’s got a week to say her goodbyes to the life she’s known, the people in her life, and the country that she’s only ever known as home.

Sophia’s emotions over everything was all over the place. Notably, her feelings towards the two boys who occupied her mind for most of her post-pubescent life. Worry not, you love triangle allergy sufferers. She’ll only waffle for a second or two. After that, you’re golden. I do feel for the girl, though. The adjustment that looms ahead for her as she will try to acclimate to another life will be tough. And the truth bombs that come her way in a span of 7 days can’t be her idea of a good time. So yeah, she was in a tailspin. I suppose I don’t blame her for having her moment of insanity. She’ll grow up a lot. She’ll realize the truth about her hero-worship for the father that decided he needed a new family. She’ll try to repair the crevasse that was slowly widening between her and her sister. And most importantly, she’ll face the reality that Jamie meant more to her than just a boy in her past she’d rather soon forget.

Regardless, this was a cute, fast read. Nothing earth-shattering or life-changing. It was just a story about a girl leaving her life to start over again in her home country. There will be reminiscing; there will be crying. There will be drama and plenty of karaoke. There will be parent-less kids who will rule the night and kids who will drink way too much. In a span of 7 days, Sophia sheds all the half-truths about her family, accept some real truths about Jamie, and triesΒ to look forward to a life in another continent even if she knows how difficult it will be.

 

  • This sounds kind of so-so, and while I like a good trope-y YA romp/adventure as much as the next reader, I think I’ll pass on this one. I’ve seen some reviewers mention that despite being set in Japan there aren’t any Japanese main characters? That’s super strange…

  • I’ve read a couple of reviews for this book, enough to know that this wouldn’t be for me. I have a low tolerance for YA so it has to be amazing for me to even consider it. Sorry to here this was forgettable. Wonderful review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • Aw, I’m sorry this book wasn’t all that awesome : It do look cute, though πŸ™‚ And I’m glad you liked the story. But yeah, books you won’t remember aren’t that awesome, haha πŸ˜€

  • This sounds like a really cute story! I’m glad you were able to enjoy it πŸ™‚ I’m mostly interested in this one for the setting.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • I generally avoid books where the plot takes place over a small period of time. Things always feel so rushed, and I’m left with a book that makes no lasting impression.

  • Sounds pretty bland, but at least it was cute!

  • I would have to agree with everything you said about this one. I kept wondering where their parents were when I read the book since they seemed to be drinking so much. Great review!

  • Greg Hill

    I was curious about this one for the Japan setting and it sounded cute. Nice to see your thoughts- I may read it eventually but won’t prioritize it. Sounds cute though!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad it was a cute, quick read at the very least! I’m not that interested to be honest, but thanks for your review!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • This sounds like a really cute, fluffy read and I’ve been needing some of that so I think I’ll be picking this up sometime! Great review! <3

  • I’m glad to see that there aren’t any love triangles in this one as I’m interested in buying this one to read. I appreciate the review, Joy so thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • i dont know, love triangle allergy is a real and itchy thing you know πŸ˜› love it seems people either really love this book or find it meh. I might read it, when I need something lighter

  • Eh, I do not know

  • kindlemom1

    So glad the love triangle wasn’t dragged out, I’m so over those. πŸ˜‰

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    This is exactly how I felt about it. Enjoyable, cute, but not mind-blowing in the very least. I was hoping it was going to be as good as Anna and the French Kiss, but that was not the case. I thought the setting of Tokyo was cool, but I wanted more! I’m glad you enjoyed it overall–definitely a fun way to pass an afternoon. Great review!

  • I am excited to read this and it’s good to hear you enjoyed this but I’ve also heard some not so positive things about the main character of the book! Nonetheless, great review!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

  • oh.. probably have to skip this one, despite its mildly enjoyable part. I think I have read too many of this genre. Need a break

  • I haven’t heard great things or particularly terrible things about this book. It sounds like a breezy and fun enough read, but nothing long lasting. It’s not quite the kind of read I’ve been looking for lately, so I am probably going to be skipping over this one.

  • I actually have this one for review Joy and will probably start reading sometime next week. I was a little hesitant to read it, as the few books I’ve read with white kids in Japan have absolutely mascaraed the culture and been pretty stereotypical. This sounds lovely and cutesy and just what I need right now after a few heavy reads. Wonderful review Joy <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    It seems like there’s a lot to pack in 7 days, let alone one novel. I’m glad you still found this to be a cute read, though. I’ll almost definitely be picking it up, but only when I’m in the mood for it and not looking for anything groundbreaking in YA. Thanks for such an honest review, Joy!

  • Doesn’t sound like one for me. I do like a lot of YA however. 7 days to do all that? I am sure this girl had issues by the end? Especially about her dad and his new family!