Cecilia Vinesse’s Seven Days of You
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader’s copy of Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse from Hachette Book Group Canada. It was published March 6, making for a fresh new read.
5 out of 5 stars
“Ask me again,” I whispered.
He bit his lip and scrunched his eyebrows together. “Ask you what?’
“Ask me what I’ll miss about Tokyo.”
He looped the fingers of his other hand around my other sweatshirt tie. “Sophia Wachowski,” he whispered slowly, taking his time with my name, “What will you miss about Tokyo?”
I gripped the front of his T-shirt. “You, Jamie. Every time you asked me, I wanted to say you.”
In all honesty, I usually don’t jive with the rhythm of romance novels, but I fell in love with Seven Days of You. Ironic… no pun intended?
Cecilia Vinesse dutifully caters to readers who are lactose intolerant to all types of cheesiness . The romance aspect is not overpowering, but just the right amount.
At 17 years old, Sophia has been moving homes since she can remember. From Tokyo to New Jersey and back again. Her last week in Tokyo becomes tricky when her childhood friend Jamie moves back. Before Jamie’s departure three years ago, he and Sophia ended things on the wrong foot. Though apprehensive, Sophia uses her last seven days in Tokyo to make matters right. Through talks and outings friendship is rekindled, turning into something more. But as the time ticks away Sophia finds anxiety in missing Jamie. As the old saying goes, what goes up must come down, so it’s only realistic to say what comes together must be taken apart. Or is it?
An aspect I greatly admired about this novel was the setting in Tokyo. Vinesse must have done her research as she replicated the city’s culture. In Grade 11 I took a travel and tourism course and naturally we learned about many places, including Japan. Vinesse’s description and details about the city throughout the novel took me back to my Grade 11 days and made me recall facts I had learned. One fact in particular that I recall is that almost every street has a vending machine where you can purchase everything imaginable, from coffee to soup. Quite a fitting choice for a setting.
Though it was hard to choose, I have to say my favourite character is Jamie. I just like him as a person; his style, his personality, his appearance. He has long, brown, curly hair with green eyes and is often shy when speaking to people. I find it adorable, especially when he speaks to Sophia. He pulls on his hair as a nervous gesture.
In the novel’s entirety, the writing was excellent which made for a fast read. I’ve never quite enjoyed writing in a romance novel so much before, so bravo Vinesse.
I recommend this novel for females aged 13 and up. I’m an 18-year-old female and I still like to read about 17-year-old romances, and I’m sure someone who is 30 would as well.
Even if romance isn’t your favourite genre I can promise you will find great interest in this novel.
I promise you.
Just read it.