Today Tonight Tomorrow

Today Tonight Tomorrow

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It's the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair, both overachievers, have been bitter rivals for all of high school. 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. Learning that a group of seniors is out to get them, the two reluctantly decide to team up. They'll play until they are the last players left-- and then destroy each other.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2020.
Edition: Hardcover.
ISBN: 9781534440241
1534440240
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 21 cm.

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SAPL_Teens Jan 12, 2021

Today Tonight Tomorrow follows 18 year old Rowan on her last day of high school as she participates in Howl, a senior class challenge that has them running around Seattle as a goodbye to their city before they graduate and head off to college. For the past four years she and classmate Neil McNair have been rivals competing for higher test scores, student council votes, and most recently valedictorian. When Neil is named valedictorian Rowan knows her final opportunity at beating Neil comes in the form of Howl, but when she overhears some of her classmates' plans to go after the two of them Rowan does something she never thought she’d do- team up with Neil. As they spend more time together Rowan realizes there’s more to her rival than she ever knew, and she might even enjoy spending time with him. Despite this book taking place just over 24 hours it is filled with adventure which left me constantly flipping the page even when I could barely keep my eyes open. Rowan is such a joy to read from and she had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. This book was such a fun read and I’d recommend it to any high schooler, especially if you’re feeling like you missed out on the high school fun. 4/5 stars - Hailey, 16, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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KatG1983
Dec 21, 2020

A sweet, fast read, not a tremendous amount of conflict, the book is generally low stakes. It reads as a love letter to the city of Seattle.

Tigard_LindsayD Dec 10, 2020

Snarky banter, lots of Seattle scenery, and complex, likable characters distinguish this teen romance that unfolds in just one day. Read for: high-achievers, scavenger hunts, senior nostalgia, Jewishness, and love of books.

OPL_KrisC Oct 09, 2020

A sweet and fun rom-com for teens about high school rivals whose relationship transforms over a period of 24 hours.

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RosaReads2
Sep 25, 2020

This should have been a slam dunk for me ~ enemies-to-love, Seattle setting, and a YA rom-com. As it stands, I'm having a hard time finding things that I really liked. Mostly, it was was mediocre to frustrating for me.

I was immediately bothered by the personality and attitude of the heroine. From experience with one of my favorite tropes, I know that first impressions and character personalities can shift, but I never really warmed up to Rowan or her personality. I had liked Neil more, but since the book was written with a single, 1st person narrative, I was limited to what Rowan observed or told me. Emphasis on "told."

Beyond Rowan's characterization, there were too many agendas for one book and rather than inspiring, it felt forced and conspicuous. Below are an example of the many social agenda's presented at one or multiple times throughout the book:

Jewish stereotyping/antisemitism
Soapbox feminism
Romance novel stereotyping
Veganism
Marijuana legality
Gender equality
Sex

Alone or subtly explored, I enjoy these and other issues being addressed, but in this book I was overwhelmed with constantly being told about them, rather than shown. It also didn’t help that I wasn’t a big fan of the protagonist and had to endure her lengthy and numerous expositions on each topic.

I know this next criticism will sound picky, but hear me out. I was taken aback by the chronic use of the F-word. I’m not a prude when it comes to language in a book, but the fact that it started to annoy me tells me that it was overused, especially in a YA book. I'm not reading Kristen Ashley here. Occasional use creates emphasis, while overuse simply becomes crass and unimaginative.

Overall, I had liked the idea of the story, as well as a deeper look into their families, but I think having Neil's POV would have helped shape the story a little more. Also, more showing, rather than telling, especially when addressing social issues.

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OPL_KrisC Oct 09, 2020

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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