One of my favorite movies in high school was Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and one of my favorite rom-com books is The Hating Game, so when I read Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon was a bit of a mash-up of both, I was completely sold. Massive thanks to Simon Pulse for the copy!
|Pub Date: 7-14-20|
YA - Contemporary
Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals all four years of high school. Anyway they could one-up the other, they did: book reports, SAT scores, college admissions acceptances, even gym pull-up contests. When Neil is named valedictorian over Rowan, she's determined to beat him at one last thing: Howl, the all-night scavenger hunt that takes the seniors all over Seattle looking for clues to win a big cash prize.
During one of the designated "safe zones," Rowan overhears a group of other seniors conspiring to take both her and Neil out of the game. Reluctantly, Rowan and Neil decide to team up until they're the only ones left standing, and then they'll go back to duking it out for the top spot. The only problem is, somewhere along the way, Rowan stops viewing Neil as the sarcastic grump he's always been and starts seeing him for the awkwardly perfect guy she's always hoped for.
This. Was. So. Cute. I adored Solomon's writing style and flew through this in basically one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Rowan and Neil felt like those crazy competitive students everyone knew in high school. But after they stopped trying to bring each other down academically is when this really started to shine. Watching the pair go through this scavenger hunt while getting to know one another on a deeper, more personal level was so incredibly sweet and the bantering back and forth the whole time was everything. I also loved the whole premise of Howl and wished my high school had done something like that cause it seemed like a blast. Were there predictable parts? Of course, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment overall. If you're looking for a quick, fun, ridiculously charming read, I'd definitely recommend it.