Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 5, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
A new swoon-worthy romance following a couple's love story on the same date over four years.
Every May 7, the students at Coffee County High School take a class trip. And every year, Lulu’s relationship with Alex Rouvelis gets a little more complicated. Freshman year, they went from sworn enemies to more than friends after a close encounter in an escape room. It’s been hard for Lulu to quit Alex ever since.
Through breakups, make ups, and dating other people, each year’s class trip brings the pair back together and forces them to confront their undeniable connection. From the science museum to an amusement park, from New York City to London, Lulu learns one thing is for sure: love is the biggest trip of all.
My Rating: 2 stars
Four Days of You and Me just missed the mark for me.
I have a lot of love for Miranda Kenneally — her Hundred Oaks series is a fantastic YA Contemporary series! This book, though, lacked the same easy feeling that I experienced with her prior work. The nonlinear timeline and timehops often make it difficult to follow. There are also several times where I feel elements were added for the sake of having “X, Y or Z” versus actually being necessary to the plot.
I think the concept for Four Days is fun! It’s cool to revisit the class each year for their field trip and see how each character has grown and which relationships have changed. I also liked to see what events led to each character’s development, but, again, I think the execution fell short.
When you’re a character-driven reader and you don’t like a main character, it makes it difficult to connect or truly invest in a story. I don’t want to harp on every little thing that bugged me about Lulu, so I’m simply going to say that she annoyed me. Alex has a much better character arc but it stretches a bit too far by the end. I loved the secondary characters, though! I was there for Ryan, Grace, Max, and Caleb!
Overall, I wanted to love Four Days of You and Me but just didn’t. If you’re a fan of Miranda’s, you might still want to pick this one up! I just feel that the confusion caused by the timeline of the story may cause similar issues in a lot of readers so I’m hesitant to recommend it widely.
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.