Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

seven-days-of-youLittle Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017

Sophia has only seven days left in Tokyo. Seven days before she faces a senior year back in the United States. Seven days to revisit her favorite places and say goodbye to her best friends. Seven days of kombini shops, tiny ramen restaurants, and karaoke. But Jamie changes everything she thought the last seven days would be when he returns to Tokyo just as she is leaving and stirs up Sophia’s emotions even more.

Seven Days of You is a love story: to Tokyo, to young love, to family, to the swirling tornado that is adolescent emotions.

I loved this story for its insight into expat life in Tokyo, its sweet, but not unrealistic teen romance, and its hot mess of characters. I knew these kids in high school—confident and capable on the outside, a hot mess of emotions on the inside, spending their days trying to navigate all the many relationships that make up their lives. A great book for armchair travelers and not-too-sappy-romance lovers alike.

I received an electronic advance reader copy of Seven Days of You courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brightwood by Tania Unsworth

brightwoodAlgonquin Young Readers, 2016.

Daisy Fitzjohn and her mother have everything they need in the mansion that is their home. In fact, Daisy has never been outside the grounds, not even to accompany her mother on her weekly shopping trips. But one Monday morning Daisy wakes to hear her mother leaving in the car, which is puzzling. Wednesday is shopping day, so where could her mother possibly be going? When Daisy’s mother fails to return and when a long lost cousin arrives hoping to develop the property, Daisy will have to use her considerable wit, her intimate knowledge of the house and property, and the help of her friends (a rat, a topiary, a statue, and a ghostly explorer named Frank) to save herself and her home.

Brightwood is a fun and adventurous tale with an admirable, clever, and strong main character and a villain to be reviled. A fun, adventurous read suitable for home, classroom, and library collections.

I received an advance reader copy of Brightwood from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Map to the Stars by Jen Malone

23008726Harper Collins, 2015.

Annie Shelton didn’t expect to be in LA the summer before her senior year in high school, but her parents have separated and her hairdresser mom’s skills caught the eye of a movie producer. Soon Annie and her mom aren’t simply in LA, they’re on tour with one of the hottest boy stars around, and Annie’s got more to oggle than the European architecture she came to see.

Map to the Stars is a fun beach read made even better by the knowledge that Jen Malone worked as a movie studio publicist, so she knows the kind of crazy that happens when movie stars go on tour. Any preteen or teen who has ever fantasized about the hot new star will enjoy reading this fun romance.