A Book Review on “Today, Tonight, Tomorrow” – Just Another Teenage Love Story?

I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve fallen back in love with reading for fun. The past year has given me a good amount of time to dive head first into many different worlds; be it a fantasy realm, a romanticized New York, a summertime mystery, or throwing me back to high school teenage love, I’ve read a variety of novels since March 2020. 

One story in particular that I think is a must read for those of you looking for a comedic enemies-to-lovers story is Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Soloman. With a 4.3/5 rating on Goodreads and a raving review from a best friend (who is a fellow lover of rom-coms, books, and quick reads), I knew I had to give the book a go.

Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! 

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The story starts on the morning of senior co-class president Rowan’s last day of high school. 

Automatically it had me hooked. Who doesn’t remember their last day of high school? As the reader, you’re told about all of the little things Rowan has to learn to readjust to –– her best friends dating, the last summer as kids, and what going away to college means in the grand scheme of things. There’s just one caveat: Rowan’s co-president, Neil, and her have had a feuding battle since pretty much forever. What Rowan deems the last and most important battle is the fight for Valedictorian. 

However, early on that battle is won by someone, and Rowan turns all her energy into beating Neil one last time in the overnight senior class scavenger hunt. Cue movie title screen and high school nostalgia. It’s their last night before graduation and the winner takes all…including bragging rights and a hefty monetary prize. Of course, if you’re an avid high school romance reader, you just know what comes next. A night of teenage flirting, angst, bonding, and potential romance ensues. 

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When every single character of a book is likable and finds their way into my heart, I know it’s a great read. Rowan and Neil did just that, but so did all of their friends, peers, and family members. The story had a fantastic build up to the ultimate last night of high school. I didn’t feel like I needed to read 1,000 pages of back story to get a feel for who the characters were; it happened naturally and progressed throughout the story as needed, to the point where I felt like I had known Rowan and Neil since their feud started. 

The natural progression of emotions each character portrays is pristinely written, as the reader falls in love with love at the turn of each page. I really did have a soft smile on my face the whole entire book. Was it a bit predictable? Of course, but at this point, what YA novel isn’t? Don’t let that stop you from picking it up –– as predictable as the storyline seems, the characters are anything but. This story has a little bit of everything for everyone. I found myself in the story with the characters just because of the conversations and hobbies they enjoyed. It really was a fun read. 

The blue covered novel encompasses what it means to be a teenager, an overachiever, a romantic, and a bit lost all in 364 pages. Today, Tonight, Tomorrow is a love letter in and of itself, and an ode to closing a chapter without ending the story. 

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