Book Review: Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally (ARC)

Four Days of You and Me

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: 05 May 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pages: 352

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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. 

So I sat down and started Four Days of You and Me without any expectations and thought I’d just read a few chapters to gauge my interest. Needless to say, I ended up finishing the book in one sitting in just a few hours.

This story follows the relationship of Lulu Wells and Alex Rouvelis over the span of their four years in high school. Every May 7th is the annual class field trip at Coffee County High School, so the story mainly focuses on the the four school trips, but we do get flashbacks of the previous school year scattered throughout the plot as well.

Lulu is known as the “garden girl”, she’s a vegan and fixated on a school garden. Alex is the all-star baseball player with his eyes set on college ball, but he also has to split his time working in his family’s Greek restaurant in order to help his family’s livelihood. These two couldn’t be any more different, but they seem to always gravitate towards one another.

What I loved from this story:

  • The Tennessee references – I moved to Nashville at the end of last year, so it was awesome knowing so many of the locations and being able to actually visualize them while reading along
  • The fact that Lulu and Alex weren’t perfect – These two made mistakes (a lot of them). They dragged other people into their bad decisions. BUT, they eventually learned and grew from those mistakes, and I think that’s really important for young people.
  • Lulu’s best friend Max. Max is Lulu’s gay best friend who is open about his sexuality. However, he has a secret relationship with someone who isn’t open about his sexuality and that transpires into such a great dialogue about acceptance.
  • Sex positive. Teens have sex, and the author doesn’t skirt around that.

Overall, Four Days of You and Me is a lighthearted and heartwarming contemporary YA romance that allowed me to escape and think of something other than our current climate.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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