Hello, hello! I know I’ve been pretty much MIA these past months because of … *gestures vaguely at life*.
College has been kicking my ass and so has editing, buuuut tomorrow is an Occasion, so it’s only fitting that I come back, if only briefly.
What’s that Occasion, you ask? The release of one of my most anticipated reads (and one of my all-time favorites, tbh): TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW by Rachel Lynn Solomon, which I’ve somehow gotten lucky enough to read after begging the publisher for an arc for forty days and forty nights.
There’s something so magical about falling in love with the premise alone and discovering that not only does the book itself deliver, but that it knocks your already-high expectations right out of the park.
TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW is nostalgic and regretful and heartwarming and bittersweet. It gives you the same brand of sadhappyregret as pulling a yearbook out of a time capsule and reading the fading signatures there. I loved how quickly Rachel Lynn Solomon makes you click with the characters: right off the bat, it feels like they truly let you in. I can’t recall the last time I warmed up to a cast so quickly.
I mean, just LOOK at them. Here, let me break down the leads for you:
– is fierce and will yell at you yet curls into an adorable tiny shy ball when talking about her writing (!!)
– will sacrifice u if it means she’ll get the grade she wants
– cannot handle hot beverages
– is Better Than You, knows it, and will make sure u know it
– will fiercely defend his favorite reads
– i feel like he has a meme folder at the ready RLS if u are somehow reading this pls confirm
The writing is top-notch. It’s a camera shot within the crowd, at shoulder-level with the actors, rather than a view from up high. This is hard to achieve, you know? Yet it’s what RLS just does, seemingly effortlessly. There’s something so deeply personal about it, just from how natural it sounds. Also the humor? The heart? I didn’t laugh-cry at a story before until I cracked open this book.
And the relationships and romance. God, the romance. It’s not enough to say rivals to lovers, because it’s that but also not; this is its own damn category. It’s fun and agonizing in the best way, and it’s not afraid to pack a punch in an otherwise very fun book. It’s just … gah. And to pull off something like this while setting it over the course of one day? I am usually the slowest reader ever, yet I finished TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW in one sitting. I neglected all my responsibilities. No, I have zero regrets.
TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW is a love letter to Seattle and high school nostalgia all wrapped up in the most stellar execution of rivals to lovers of all time, and I will not rest until every single person I’ve ever had eye contact with buys it and reads it and loves it.
Anyway, long story short: I love this book so much and I would willingly let it murder me.
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!
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.