Rowan Roth has spent her four years of high school locked in a bitter feud with Neil McNair. They compete over EVERYTHING.
Finally, it’s the last day of senior year, and Rowan is determined to beat McNair at Howl, the city-wide scavenger hunt that takes students all around Seattle. There’s a $5k prize waiting at the end.
There’s also a catch—while everyone is going around collecting clues, they are also playing a game of Assassin: elimination means being out of the game.
When Rowan realizes that some of the students—annoyed by her and McNair’s constant one-upmanship of each other—are planning to collaborate and take the two of them out, she has no choice.
So that’s how she and McNair team up together, going all over the city, and getting to know each other for the first time. Maybe they’ll become friends, or—maybe, just maybe—even more than friends.
OMG friends, this book was so cute. I loved the homage to Seattle, and all the cultural landmarks contained within. I loved the Jewish representation; while there’s certainly more than there used to be, it’s still not always easy to find Jewish characters in YA (and middle grade) that aren’t centered around bat/bat mitzvahs or the Holocaust. Rowan’s Jewish identity is something she’s very proud of, and something she is able to share with McNair.
I loved the little details, like the way Rowan’s parents are the authors of a famous kid-lit series, and the camaraderie between McNair and his friends.
But most of all, I loved the way that these two high achievers finally realize that there is another person—with feelings—on the other side of the rivalry.
This book captures the last days of high school so perfectly: the odd combination of bittersweet excitement of 13 years of school finally coming to an end, along with the nostalgia of knowing that it’s the last time they’ll all be together. It’s been… a few… years since I graduated from high school, but some truths are universal.
I would absolutely recommend Today Tonight Tomorrow. I loved every minute of this book, and I hope they make it into a movie. Watching Rowan and McNair go from enemies to friends to ?? in this book was the perfect antidote for all the chaos that this year her served up. I am already looking forward to reading more from Solomon in the future.
I received a copy of this book from Simon Pulse/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.