Monday, June 26, 2017
REVIEW: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
I'm a huge fan of Japan and I was always going to be excited to read a book which felt like it might be a love letter to Tokyo ... and Seven Days of You definitely did feel like that at times. I loved reading about Sophia and her friends traipsing around Tokyo, hanging out, seeing the sights, visiting their favourite places one last time. I kind of loved them travelling around on public transit and stopping in convenience stores to pick up their favourite Japanese snacks and stuff. It was all so mundane but those details were what I loved the most.
I found it slightly weird that none of them seemed to speak Japanese and none of the characters were Japanese at all? Minor quibble though, I suppose but it just felt like ...is this realistic, or nah?
I particularly liked the family strife. With the dad in Paris and having another family and the back and forth about whether or not Sophia would live with him. Also, Sophia's sister is definitely a highlight for me. But I think the main emotional thrust to the story revolves around the romantic dramas. With Sophia's unrequited crush on David and this thing that resurfaces once former friend and crush, Jamie comes back to Japan.
I really did enjoy this book ... but for whatever reason, the way it was written? my own personal preference? I didn't feel myself being as emotionally affected to the highs and lows of this story. I wanted to be fully on board with everything that happened and riding that emotional wave along with Sophia ... I just wasn't. Still, solid read.