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Essa história é incrivelmente fofa e cheia de emoção. Rowan e Neil são “inimigos” que tem que se juntar por uma causa maior (vencer a competição do último dia de escola) e as conversas entre eles, incluindo algumas pequenas “brigas” são impagáveis e muitíssimo divertidas. Excelente para quem adora um enemies to lovers, com uma pontinha de nostalgia do ensino médio.
This book is the last day of senior year, both literally and spiritually. It has all the sense of endless hope and bitter regret and I couldn’t put it down! I loved the way it explored rivalry and friendship evolution and romance. Plus, it’s sex positive and Jewish! I absolutely would have given 5 stars if not for two things: a character gets high and then drives (yes, fine, time passes, but I will never be ok with driving under the influence and anything that normalizes it) and some of the MC’s dialogue (esp about romance novels) sounds like she’s 30 years old and explaining things to the reader and not the characters. Otherwise, an all around fun read.
I could not put this book down. It’s funny– packed with the kind of snappy banter that I adore. It’s thoughtful– made me rethink my feelings on romance as a reading genre. And most of all, it’s desperately romantic.
Most of the book centers around a contest called The Howl, in which the whole senior class participates in a kind of photo scavenger hunt all around Seattle. It’s a race to win a prize of $5000, which both Rowan and Neil fiercely need. The contest gave the story a straightforward structure and high stakes. But what makes TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW really magical, though, is the relationship between Rowan and Neil themselves.
I’m kind of a sucker for enemies-to-lovers stories anyway, but this one had this perfect mix of wit, awkwardness, self-doubt, vulnerability, and passion. I cannot say this enough: I. Loved. It.
A brief note on the views about romance in the story: In the book, Rowan loves romance novels and has written one herself. She muses about the fact that romance as a genre centers women in a way that other media does not, and yet it’s often treated with disdain. She discusses how reading romance also made her feel empowered and comfortable talking about physical intimacy.
Her love for romance is really woven into the story, so it doesn’t feel out of place or very preachy, I didn’t think. It made me stop and consider the way women are represented in media. My daughter has participated in a local children’s theater group, and often the majority of the speaking roles are for male characters. I feel like this is something where, once you start noticing it, you kind of can’t stop. Ha.
At any rate, I really appreciated this part of TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW and especially the letter at the end from the author which explained some of her own evolution on those ideas.
All in all, fans of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson really need to check this one out. If you like witty banter and enemies-to-lovers stories, put TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW at the top of your list!
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and loved it so much I bought a finished copy.
Oh my gosh, you guys! My heart! This book is so freaking adorable.
This book takes place over the course of 24 hours, and follows our strong female protagonist, Rowan Roth, in the last day of her senior year. Rowan and Neil McNair are bitter academic rivals. They have been competing all throughout high school on everything from essay contests, test scores, and class elections. After Neil beats her out for valedictorian, Rowan seeks to get her revenge by destroying Neil in a city wide scavenger hunt for the seniors. However, after finding out another group is out to get them, they decide to put their differences aside and work together until it’s just the two of them and then they can destroy each other.
The fun is in watching these overachieving bitter rivals drop their guards (cautiously), and open up to each other. Can they stop hating each other long enough to work together? Will their partnership lead to something a little more friendly? It’s the ultimate enemies to lovers trope and I’m here 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 it 👏🏻.
What I liked: I loved the characters!! Solomon gave us a strong female protagonist in Rowan. She has a love for romance novels, she’s a straight A intellect, and a sex positive, empowered feminist. She is my hero. Neil is a nerdy, suit wearing, freckled ginger who loves languages and words, and besting Rowan whenever possible. But there is more to him than meets the eye, and I loved getting to know him as the story went on. I loved the story so much, and the scavenger hunt was like a love letter to Seattle! I visited Seattle a couple years ago and I absolutely loved it there. I also think Rowan is such a great protagonist for young adult readers.
A cute and quirky read. I have read several books set in Seattle and while I have never been this book made feel as if I was there. The scenery and descriptions of the city are fantastic. I like when books are grounded in a real city. I think it helps make the book and characters feel real.
I also enjoyed the pop culture references and the fun scavenger hunt in the book. I am so thrilled that I was able to figure out the last clue before the characters! This was my first book by Solomon and I am definitely interested in checking out her other books. I always enjoy a good YA book that is realistic and portrays teens semi-realistically. Some YA books miss how teens behave and that is frustrating. I don’t think this book does it perfectly, but I think it does do it well.
"Here is my dilemma: my passion is, at best, someone else's guilty pleasure."
This book was really hard to rate because I actually found the premise quite interesting. On their graduation night, the whole senior class of this high school competes in this treasure hunt across the city of Seattle, and our two MCs - who're long-time rivals - end up forced into a position where they need to team up. I gotta say, my own senior class absolutely would not have done this but the idea is cool.
The plot is, sadly, the only thing I enjoyed about this book.
My main issue with the text, and the cause of the 2-star rating, is the POV character, Rowan. I found her deeply unlikeable and not even in that fun way where unlikable characters can still be entertaining to read. She just came across as super self-righteous and self-absorbed. This is a coming-of-age novel, so it would've been no big deal if the character evolved out of these traits through the course of the story, but I didn't really feel like she did. She also has a big chip on her shoulder about wanting to be a romance novelist but people not respecting that type of writer. Maybe I'm just being naive, but considering the Romance Novel Writers of America have stated that romance novels are a 1.08 BILLION dollar a year industry, I don't really think it's like, a joke of a career.
Another issue that I had with the text is that the author made it VERY clear what her opinions are on many current political and social issues. And it's not even that I disagree with her opinions -the whole purpose of art is to offer different ways of viewing the world - it's just that they weren't woven into the text in a way that felt organic. It read like "story, story, story, topical content, story, story, story." It just pulled me out of the text in a way that I think could've been avoided if those ideas had been woven more deftly into other aspects of the story.
This book is a love song to Seattle. I wrote that down in my notes even before reading Rachel’s author note, so basically she and I are soul sisters. I’ve been to Seattle quite a few times visiting family, so it was fun reading about all these fun places I’ve been while taking note of a few I hadn’t. And while I can go on and on about the straight up ✨magic✨that comprises both Rowan and Neil, let me tell you about why this book, and those like it, are important.
1. The automatic 𝕚𝕟𝕧𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕣𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕟𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕤 as credible genre. I have heard and been told myself about how silly and foolish romance novels are, mostly from people who have never read one themselves. What they don’t understand is the powerful, feminist characters that teach about growth, vulnerability, and consent. Rachel addresses this masterfully. 2. Why we call things we love 𝕘𝕦𝕚𝕝𝕥𝕪 𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕤. As Neil says, “—why should we feel guilty about things that bring us pleasure?” I feel like we say this in order to shield ourselves from the fear of judgement for things that make me happy. But guess what? It’s okay to like something that brings you joy, no matter what anyone else thinks of it. 3. ℝ𝕖𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕔𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕤𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕞. Reading about Rowan and Neil’s experiences with anti-Semitism in school opened my eyes. This last year, I had a Christmas tree in my classroom. I asked my students what holidays they celebrated at home and they all said Christmas, so I didn’t think about adding any other decor. HOWEVER, after reading this book, I decided I’m going to do my research and have decorations from all holidays in November/December so that, at the very least, my students are exposed to beliefs/holidays that are not their own. Because representation is important for EVERYONE. 4. 𝔸𝕕𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕙𝕠𝕨 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕞𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕚-𝕊𝕖𝕞𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕤𝕞 𝕚𝕤. And while we’re at it, how not harmless any off-handed comment about any of minority and/or oppressed groups. How not harmless racism is, how not harmless misogyny is. How not harmless harmless homophobia or transphobia or basically human phobia of anyone who doesn’t look/act/love/think like you. We’ve outgrown the “humor” that lives in our biases. And we have to call it out, ESPECIALLY those who are privileged enough to feel like they don’t have to. I have to do better so I can be better.
I love Rachel’s writing voice. I love how she addresses hard things in her books with grace and transparency, how she calls out misogyny like a freaking professional. I’ve learned about the Jewish experience through her books and have learned how I can be better.
This book is obviously ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. And I’ll beg and plead for you to read it because Rowan and Neil are everything that is right about this world.