*I received an eARC of this book to review*
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
If you like:
- Diverse MCs (Jewish/Hispanic Heritage)
- Red Heads with lots of Freckles (because let’s be honest, they don’t get enough love)
- End of High School
- 24 Hour Settings
- Enemies to Lovers
- Late Night Adventures
Then this is the book for you!
I love this book! Rachel is such a wonderful author, and she covers a variety of things in this book that we need to see in the world of YA books. This is honestly something I needed to read about 3 or 4 years ago when I was a sophomore/junior in high school not only because I see so much of myself in both Rowan and Neil, but I’ve always to have these late night adventures going around town that you’ll remember when your reminiscing of when you’re younger.
Rowan is a girl who does everything with a purpose from being the leader of numerous clubs, co-class president, and a diligent student to earn the title of valedictorian of her graduating class basically since the 9th grade when she lost a writing competition to Neil McNair on The Great Gatsby, and ever since then, the two had been trying to outdo each other.
I’m not saying that I spent every waking moment in high school studying to become valedictorian or salutatorian, but I was working towards getting A’s and somewhere in the top 3-5 (because I didn’t want to have to give a speech but ended up being salutatorian). But, I understood both of their want to and drive to be at the top of the class and have to prioritize studying over going out at times. I love Rowan because she has mixed feelings about wanting to move on from high school and explore the world of college, yet she mourns the end of high school and the comfort of the predictability that it brings.
Rowan is such a fresh voice in the world of books that I hope will help normalize things in books because throughout the course of the day as she’s going through the city, she talks about things like the first time she got her period to the first time she had sex and how awkward it was. Out of the almost 700 books I’ve read there’s only been a handful of books that mentions periods, and do you know how sad that is considering how the majority of them are told from a female’s POV.
Rowan also loves romance books but because of all of the comments that her friends, family, and Neil made throughout the years, she feels like she has to hide something that makes her happy during the stressful times of high school. This made me so happy because I love a good book with a love story built into it, and there’s so many stigmas and negativity towards books that includes romance especially on the books that I primarily read. I hated that she felt like she had to hide this huge thing that makes Rowan herself because of the stigma that surrounds romance books even in today’s time.
Then there’s Neil… y’all, my heart goes out to him because even though he put’s up this facade of someone who has everything put together for his peers at school and the world, there’s so much going on in his personal life that he keeps to himself because people would look at the mistakes from the past and judge him and not caring about who he is now and the things that he has accomplished. Sure, Neil can be a bit much at times but that’s who he is. He’s the guy that starts spitting out random facts about the root definition of a word and can ramble on and on about it. If the nickname McNerd wasn’t taken by another character from a different book, I’d totally call Neil McNerd.
Neil made me cry (almost ugly cry) with what he wrote in Rowan’s yearbook. It was just so… ugh, I can’t really talk about it without giving anything away, but it wasn’t anything mean or bad (I’ll just leave it at that).
Let me just say that I really wish that my school had a game similar to their Howl which is basically a big scavenger/ultimate tag type game that spans from the last day of school until the day of graduation. It’s a tradition at their high school as one last hurrah for the class put on by the junior student council before everyone goes off in different directions to start the rest of their lives post high school.
I highly recommend that you read this book because it’s so much fun and heartwarming and will make you laugh, cry, and just feel so much. In the span of just over 24 hours, so much happens that will make you feel like you were in Seattle on your very own quest to win the game and possibly realize that what you want has always been right in front of you!
- Want You Back by 5SOS
- thank u, next by Ariana Grande
- Boy Without a Car by the Vamps
- Imagination by Shawn Mendes
- Photograph by Ed Sheeran
- Midnight Memories by One Direction
- Ruin by Shawn Mendes
- Paper Hearts by The Vamps
- Wildflower by 5SOS
- Waste the Night by 5SOS
- Naked by James Arthur
- Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay
Happy reading until next time,