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  • Writer's pictureAnnika Pillai

today, tonight, tomorrow by rachel lynn solomon

I am a huge sucker for academic rivals to lovers, and I have yet to find a really good one, which is what led me to picking up this book––that and the fact that I have heard literally so much buzz about it, that I couldn’t not pick it up.

Also, side note, I just really love the paperback copy of this? It is a floppy paperback (can publishers start doing this more, please), making it so easy to read, oh my goodness.

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, follows Rowan and Neil––two very bitter rivals. They have been clashing all throughout high school, whether it be on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests––they do not get along.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan is devastated, and realizes that she has only one chance at finally beating him: Howl, their senior class game. But when she learns that a group of her classmates are out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they're the last players left--and then they will destroy each other. But as Rowan spends more and more time with Neil she realizes that the boy she claims to despise, might just be the boy of her dreams.

This was so cute! For a YA Romance, it really did keep me interested, and I read the whole book over the span of two days. Rowan and Neil were adorable, and I really was rooting for them together. Both of them are Jewish, so reading about them connecting over their experiences and culture was just lovely to see.

I will say that the whole book took place over just one day, which irritates me in books––because how can two characters fall in love over such a short period fo time?––but because this was YA, I didn’t mind it as much as I usually do. (One thing that did bother me was the constant bringing up of Neil being 5’5, though. I just kept imagining him being taller, I’M SORRY).

There was one explicit scene at the end, which I did appreciate––I’m loving how more and more YA authors and displaying safe sex; it is such an important and necessary conversation to have.

I don’t think that this book was groundbreaking by any means, but it was so cute and fun, and I really don’t have much complaints.

Rating ➳ 4/5 stars

(tw: antisemitism)


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