Today I am very happy to be a stop on the Seven Days of You Blog Tour!
This is such a good book...here's a little more about it along with a guest post from author Cecilia Vinesse!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 7th 2017
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?
I was born in France but then moved to Japan. And then to the States. And then back to Japan. And then back to the States. When I was 18, I moved to New York where I was homesick for nearly seven years. After that, I got a job in a cold, snowy city in northern Japan and, from there, I headed to Scotland where I got my master's in creative writing and lived off tea, writer tears, and Hobnobs.
I still live in the U.K. and spend most of my time writing, reading, baking, and getting emotional over Tori Amos albums. Hobbies include pretending Buffy the Vampire Slayer is real, collecting a lipstick to match every Skittle flavor, and listening to a thousand podcasts a day.
A pup named Malfi and a Renaissancist named Rachel are my favorite things in the world. That, and books. I should probably mention the books again.
Because the main character only has seven days to say goodbye to a city and people she loves, I asked Cecilia Vinesse to list seven things she would do if she only had seven days left somewhere.
Here is her response...
Growing up and into my mid-20s, I moved around a lot. And every time I left somewhere behind, the
last seven days were always—always—the hardest. They felt like so much time and no time at all.
They rushed by so fast, but, the whole time, I was trying desperately to hold onto every second.
My last seven days in the places I’ve lived have been messy and exhilarating. They’ve been some of
the most miserable and most exciting and most memorable days I’ve ever had. I think maybe they’re
so clear and vivid to me because I worked extra hard to capture them—to slow everything down and
memorize as many small moments as I possibly could.
In my own last seven days, I have—sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose—done the
following: stayed out all night, walked ten miles with my best friend, watched the clock as I lay in bed, and gotten lost in an unfamiliar park carrying an armful of presents. (That last one was the strangest.)
But here are seven things I would definitely do if I only had seven days left in a place I loved.
- Sleep as little as possible.
- Go to a friend’s house and watch movies and eat snacks and let ourselves pretend that nothing major was about to change.
- Cry. (A lot.)
- Sit in my favorite coffee shop wearing headphones and listening to a song I associate with living here.
- Find somewhere with an incredible view so I can see everything at once.
- Eat my favorite dessert. (Because moving is sad, but dessert is not.)
- Take a train to a stop I’ve never been before, or walk down a street I’ve never bothered exploring. Make a handful of new memories to take with me.