Sophia has exactly seven more days in Tokyo with the life she’s grown to know and love– the electric city, her best friend, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She plans to have the most magical last seven days in Tokyo until Jamie moves back to the city. His return ruins everything, as their previous friendship was filled with pain and heartbreak. With his arrival comes the breakdown of the relationships she thought were stable and the realization that Jamie might not be the horrible person she initially thought he was.
Plot: This was a typical YA romance storyline, minus the fact that the whole novel took place in Tokyo and a solid chunk of the plot was dedicated to family issues that didn’t involve Sophia’s love life. I was definitely more fascinated with that side of Sophia’s story and would have truly loved if this book was more centered around Sophia’s self-discovery rather than a romantic relationship that I felt wasn’t too believable.
Writing: I felt pretty neutral about the writing of the book– not bad, but nothing to rave about. That being said, I think Vinesse did a good job of writing about Sophia’s interactions with her family when discussing her relationship with her father. These moments were when I truly felt emotion rising to the surface through the writing.
Character Development: I think that the reason I felt so iffy about this book was that the characters simply didn’t develop. They all were a little flat to begin with, but I did have hopes that Sophie would become a bit more developed over time. That being said, the only things that really changed about her was her relationship status and her thoughts about her father. While these two things have the potential to impact character development, they were truly just surface-level changes in this story.
As I’m sure you can tell, this just wasn’t the book for me. I can see it being a better choice for readers more into YA romance, though!