Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Thursday, September 24, 2020

by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

Today Tonight Tomorrow is a book that feels like a cozy blanket on a cold wintery afternoon. It will draw you in with its witty and engaging characters and will leave you with the biggest smile on your face. Rachel Lynn Solomon is a gifted writer and this heartfelt story is further proof of just how far her talent extends.

I love the concept of books that take place over 24 hours, but they can be a hit or miss for me. I was very curious to see how Rachel would execute it and she did it beautifully. Even though it's technically just a short passage of time, readers have the opportunity to get close to all of the characters here. The main character, Rowan, was fabulous and had one of the most engaging and memorable voices. I related a lot to her competitive and ambitious streak when it came to academics. Her love for romance novels made her an even more endearing character! I don't think I've read of any main characters who want to become romance writers, so Rowan's goals were refreshing. In Today Tonight Tomorrow, she does initially struggle with telling others about her love for the genre, given that there's a sense of shame attached to reading and loving romance, but we see her grow out of that and even go as far as defending romance and its importance to her. Rowan's growth in this book was a work of art and she develops into this mature young woman who discovers that it's okay for your priorities to evolve through your life.

Just as likable as Rowan was her archnemesis, Neil. What a sweetheart! The two of them had a rivalry in high school and there's an obvious tinge of chemistry between them that suggests their feelings may be more than those between rivals. You all know how much I enjoy reading stories about soft boys and Neil is a soft boy™. He could be shy at times, but underneath was a clever and witty boy. He reveals his depths throughout the night and I loved every layer of his personality. If you love a rivals-to-more romance, you're going to adore the romance in Today Tonight Tomorrow. It's an adorable romance that will give you all the butterflies. I loved the set-up of Rowan and Neil being pushed to work together as they take on a city-wide scavenger hunt. They already had a solid foundation, so the scavenger hunt provided the perfect opportunity to get them into a forced proximity situation allowing them to connect emotionally and intellectually. It's truly one of the sweetest romance and I will be re-reading this book many times just for the romance. This is also a very sex-positive book and Rowan and Neil have thoughtful conversations about sex and their individual experiences. An equally charming part of this book was the Seattle setting. Because the hunt takes them all over Seattle, I felt like I was on a mini-tour. The author's love for the city absolutely shone through.

In the end, Today Tonight Tomorrow was truly a story about the different kinds of love that a teenager can experience. The last day of high school was a bittersweet day for me and this book brought back all the nostalgia of that day for me. I loved it and I think this delightful story is a must-read.

CW: anti-semitic microaggressions 

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