“When he grins, it’s bright enough to light up the night sky.
It’s kind of beautiful.”
― Rachel Lynn Solomon, Today Tonight Tomorrow
An exquisite book that manages to convey so many beautiful feelings at once. Today Tonight Tomorrow has a delicious format usually seen in movies, where all the events happen during the final day of high school for Rowan Roth and Neil McNair.
In the four years, they both have been attending the same school they have been rivals competing for everything, from grades, a position on the student council, science projects, and most recently the coveted position for valedictorian.
But, the last day also has a special celebration for all seniors, a game of HOWL – a scavenger hunt assassin game across the city of Seattle, with a major prize of 5 thousand dollars to the winner. And the battle to settle all scores between Rowan and Neil.
Although this is a brief synopsis of Today Tonight Tomorrow I can’t begin to encapsulate here how this book is successful in relating those exact feelings that every graduate went through at some point. The giddiness of the last day, paired with fear, regrets, nostalgia, but deep excitement for what’s to come. I can’t praise Rachel Lynn Solomon’s writing skills enough. I hear and talk about books that are unputdownable, this was more than that, I was glad to keep reading it even if it had over 900 pages and never wanted it to end. It was a complete delight to turn every page.
I loved how the game o HOWL made this a tribute to Seattle, where we got to follow the clues and guess the locations with the characters. Loved how Rowan has a great passion for romance novels and how throughout the book she goes from embarrassed about them to defending how important and successful the genre is. I loved the tiny details at the beginning of the chapters that added depth and context to the story.
Today Tonight Tomorrow was fun, refreshing, and clever. Definitely, a book that I will come back to and read whenever I want something witty and heartfelt. This is going straight to my favorites of the year list, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 Stars)
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