Title: Today Tonight Tomorrow
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Let me start by saying Today Tonight Tomorrow was a book I absolutely fell in love with and it is easily one of my all-time favorite contemporary reads. I cannot believe there was a time before this story exist, a time where I didn’t have this novel in my hands. It’s just absolutely breathtaking and so heartfelt. Now, I feel like I need to be honest before I really dive into this review: I’m not a big contemporary reader. Contemporary reads for me are usually once in a blue moon. But I read the synopsis of Today Tonight Tomorrow and I was already swooning. And I am so glad because this book was just what I needed. This book stole my heart and brought me back to some of my favorite times during the final days of my senior year. Today Tonight Tomorrow is easily one of those contemporaries that borrows its way into your heart and reminds you why you love contemporary novels. And for those like me, those who don’t read contemporary very often, you will be thanking the stars that you read this.
I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful and heartwarming story. It’s filled to the brim with amazing banter and so many emotions. There were times where I even forgot this was taking place over a day. There were times where I was so enamored with this story that I forgot the world around me. I was so engrossed in this story that I never wanted to leave. I felt such a connection with these characters, one I rarely feel in the contemporaries I do read.
Rowan and Neil are two of my favorite literature characters. They are both intricately real and flawed and so compassionate. Their emotions were so accurate, and I felt like I was next to both characters while reading. I was swooning over these two characters and I was there for all their witty and sarcastic banter. They both challenged one another and along the way, each found the person they wanted to be. The risks they both take really captured the joys of senior year, but also the heartache for two characters who truly loved their high school. Solomon captured what it feels like to go through such a big change in a young person’s life. I remember being so scared (yet excited) of the changes to come after high school. It’s definitely quite a journey, and Solomon expressed that beautifully.
Howl in Today Tonight Tomorrow was actually very similar to something my high school did for my senior year. The only difference is my school didn’t have a scavenger hunt; you were only given a name (your target) and your mission was to take them out before you were eliminated. I spent so much time during this book reminiscing about my senior year and how big of a life change was ahead for me. That nostalgia really made this story a more personal journey for me.
Just everything about this story was relatable. Each character has their insecurities, their doubts, their passions, and their fears. Rowan fears the huge change coming in the next few months: college and the effect it will have on her friendships. Neil fears turning out to be exactly like the person he doesn’t want to be. And both Rowan and Neil help one another face their fears and doubts.
I was blown away by the beautiful descriptions and the writing that flowed like water. This story grasped my attention from the beginning. I related to Rowan so much, mainly with her insecurities and fears. And Solomon’s writing just made this story even more wonderful. Solomon’s writing is flawless and timely; she knows how to bring a story like this one to life with characters that many people will feel a kindred spirit with. What I also really enjoyed is how Solomon openly addressed some topics, including religion, social justice, sex, and identity. All in all, there was no part of this story I didn’t love; this story reminded me of the person I used to be in high school (the person I sometimes forget) and for that, I am beyond thankful.
Today Tonight Tomorrow is a wonderfully captivating YA contemporary that accurately describes what the last day of senior year is like for some people and the big changes ahead. It’s a book I think everyone in their senior year of high school should read (actually, just everyone in general should read this book). This book, overall, gave me all the feels and it is easily one I could read again and again.
Thank you, Simon Pulse, for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars