TITLE: Today Tonight Tomorrow
AUTHOR: Rachel Lynn Solomon
PAGE EXTENT: 384
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
GENRE: YA Contemporary, #ownvoices Jewish rep
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
SOURCE: Received a copy from Simon & Schuster India in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Did I move Seattle from #6 to #2 on my priority list of cities to pursue my Post Graduate Residency in the US after reading this book? Did I get an intense urge to go to Seattle right away after reading this book? Did I giggle into the night and blush like a tomato while reading this book? YES. YES. AND YES.
Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been academic rivals in highschool right from their freshman year, both intent on staying one step ahead of the other. So, what happens when Neil is named Valedictorian? Rowan doesn’t want to give up. She wants to beat him one last time in the city-wide Scavenger hunt, Howl that’s conducted every year as a farewell gift by the junior years! What follows is a fast-paced, fun-filled, thrilling race across Seattle all set over the course of one day!
The fact that there was great character development in this book in 24 HOURS was what BLEW my mind! I am awed by how Rachel managed to give us two of the best well fleshed-out characters in YA! This goes on to say how all of us have multiple layers, a myriad of problems, but the world only sees what we choose to show.
The banter between Rowan and Neil was something I was constantly looking forward to in the book! It was super-snarky, super-hilarious and had me howling with laughter time and again! As we progress with the story, we begin to see Rowan and Neil open up to each other and trust each other with their vulnerabilities and tucked-away secrets. Enemies-to-lovers is probably my favorite YA trope of all time, because what’s better than knowing somebody’s weaknesses and shortcomings but still choosing to love them all the same!?!? This was seamlessly executed with UTTER PERFECTION. * chef’s kiss*
Being an #ownvoices book for Jewish rep, I love how this book gave us an insight into Jewish family dynamics, Jewish traditions (the Shabbat dinner is one of my favorite scenes in this book), while also addressing issues such an anti-Semitism and erasure of cultures. I love discovering new cultures and traditions and this book had me intrigued! The casual queer rep was something that made me happy as well.
If there’s one thing I want everybody to take away from his book, it’s that ANYBODY CAN READ ANY BOOK, irrespective of age or gender. Rowan is into romance novels and is afraid to accept it because of how trashed the genre is, and Neil is obsessed with a Middle Grade series right from his childhood and has reread the series multiple times! Life’s all about breaking stereotypes, innit?
I’m someone who has a thing for people who are amazing at what they do, and Neil is now on my list of Top 10 Favourite Book Boyfriends of all time! He is such a cinnamon roll. There were multiple instances where I wanted to jump right in and give him a nice, warm hug. Fictional characters like Neil are what give me sky-high expectations of my future(currently non-existent) boyfriend and I’m SO NOT ashamed of it! 😂
Not only did this book make me go all giggly and pink, it also made me watch city tour videos of Seattle on YouTube! I LOVE the fact that this book is a love letter to this amazing city and how Seattle forms the foundation on which this rom-com is built. Rachel has perfectly infused the essence of Seattle into this story and i can’t help but gush about how I’m falling in love with this city! Remember the old saying, “Books help you travel to far away places without leaving the comfort of your chair”? That’s EXACTLY what this book did and more!
I have this horrible habit of turning my reviews into a rant every single time and if you’ve read all the way up till here, I guess it’s pretty obvious at this point that I’m basically shoving the book in your face and forcing you to read it, because THAT’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO!
If you’re in the mood for a super-adorable, fluffy rom-com which also doubles as a thriller and has some of the best character growth in YA, and if you want to read late into the night and giggle and blush and sniffle and go awww a thousand times, this is the book you should be picking up next! Believe me, you’re in for a wild, wild ride through Seattle(emotionally too)!!!