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 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’s 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.
My sincere apologies to the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for the fact that this review has taken me two years to write. I was approved for this ARC shortly before I took what was supposed to be a brief hiatus from blogging that ended up turning into a two-year break. I figured that I should knock this one out pretty quickly after resuming blogging, and I’m so glad that I did! It took me more than two years to pick up this book but less than 24 hours to finish it.
Today Tonight Tomorrow is everything I love in a YA contemporary. It’s everything I love in a romance novel. It’s everything I love in a book, really, and it’s the first fiction in a long time that I’ve genuinely enjoyed. It’s an enemies-to-lovers romance featuring high school rivals. Both Rowan, our main character, and Neil, our love interest, are fully developed characters that exist completely outside of their relationship to each other. Neil wants to study linguistics, which made me so happy because that’s what I studied in college, and you never see linguists in fiction! We also get a lot of scenes of Rowan not concerning herself with Neil, which is always nice to see in a romance.
My only critique of this book, really, is the fact that Rowan is so into romance novels and yet she falls into the same pitfalls the characters always do when it comes to misunderstandings and miscommunication. I get that she’s a teenager, but if she’s read as many romance novels as she says she has, you’d think there’d be some amount of “hmm, I wonder if this is really what’s going on here.”
Aside from that, though, this book was really fun. It was cute, it was a little steamy, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve already put We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This on hold and I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the free ARC of Today Tonight Tomorrow in exchange for my honest review.
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