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?
Note: Hi readers! I’m back home in the UK now after my week in Madeira. I’ll be blogging about my trip tomorrow but for now I have a bit of a delayed review for you!
I knew I would like this book simply because it’s so cute and fluffy. My lovely friend Sophie recommended it to me and knew I’d love it – and she was right!
I will admit I had a few gripes about this book, but overall it was utterly gorgeous.
“It might not be distance or time that takes you away from people.”
Let’s talk about a few of the things I loved about this novel. There are so many, I think I’m going to have to list them!
♥ I absolutely loved the romance in this novel. It felt slightly like a guilty pleasure, but I found myself utterly wrapped up in it all. I couldn’t help but really fall for these two.
♥ I found the plot really unpredictable and I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen until the very end of the book. I think this was helped a lot by the time frame, which was unique as it was set over seven days (I know, I know, this is kind of hinted by the title). Each chapter also showed a countdown to when Sophia was leaving Tokyo (in 7 days and less as the book went on), which added to the plot development!
♥ Which brings me to the setting! Not many YA books are set outside of the UK or USA, so it was really refreshing to have a novel set in Tokyo. I did have an issue with this too though, which I’ll discuss later on.
♥ The last thing that stood out to me was the side characters. Sophia’s friends/family all offered something different to her story, and helped shape the novel a lot!
“Maybe you decide when you let them go.”
As I mentioned above, I also had a few dislikes. One of these is unfortunately to do with the setting – which although I loved, I felt like it could have been used to a better advantage. This is kind of hard to describe, but I just didn’t feel like I was in Tokyo. I love the little touches of the Karaoke and different foods, but I wish the setting had been more inclusive (if that’s the right word!).
I also felt like the ending was a little rushed and had a few loose ends. It was nothing big, but I did notice it a little.
“But I can’t let go yet.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute contemporary but unfortunately felt lacking in a few parts! However, I’d still definitely recommend it for YA romance/contemporary readers.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽