Today Tonight Tomorrow
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
E-book, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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 academic 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 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.
I read this book through RivetedLit #25ReadsofDecember program.
I always love books that set during the final year of high school and this book really gave me all the feels! First, it’s because of how positive both Rowan and Neil’s feelings toward high school are. High school can be hard, with all the drama and stress of college decisions but overall, both Rowan and Neil loved every second of it. They loved their friends, their activities, their teachers, the subjects, and the busy-ness of the experience. They were actually sad that high school is over, not only because of the friends but also because of the fond memories they have with the system. It’s really nice to read and made me remember my own high school experiences.
The second reason was the Howl itself! Like why didn’t I have this at my school, why didn’t any of us come up with the idea?? It’s a really sweet and fun way to commemorate graduation, both from highschool and for many, from their hometown, by having a treasure hunt centering on the city they grew up in. The whole “killing” system adds so much to the story, especially the final tackle!
I also really enjoyed the characters: Rowan’s parents are really fun and involved without being overbearing, Kirby and Mara complements each other and Rowan really well, and of course, we have Rowan and Neil themselves! Their banter and competitiveness were certainly entertaining to read about and watching the progression of the romance was really cute, but standing on their own they’re also interesting to read. In a way, they are very similar- even more than they realized- but they’re also different. Rowan can be very “in her own world” while Neil is shown to be more sensitive than the lets on. Getting to know them in the midst of the Howl chaos and sizzling romance was such a delight! Plus, both are also very well developed and not written in a way as if their academics is the only focus of their characters. I can’t speak for the representation, but it’s interesting to learn about Jewish traditions as well as opening my eyes to the microagression and agressions they faced.
Unfortunately, this book just lacking something that would make it hits stronger for me. The Howl and high school nostalgia hits all the right spot for me, but I just want more from the romance. I also find the book to be way too long in the end– I think it would have the perfect open-ending if it ended at the prom scene!
Overall, Today Tonight Tomorrow was a fun reading experience that was positive and nostalgic! It reminded me of my own high school experience with relateable set of characters. I find it didn’t really hit the mark to be one of my favorite, but it’s still something I would love to revisit in the future!