Barrett Bloom is hoping college will be a fresh start after a messy high school experience. But when school begins on September 21st, everything goes wrong. She’s humiliated by the know-it-all in her physics class, she botches her interview for the college paper, and at a party that night, she accidentally sets a frat on fire. She panics and flees, and when she realizes her roommate locked her out of their dorm, she falls asleep in the common room.
The next morning, Barrett’s perplexed to find herself back in her dorm room bed, no longer smelling of ashes and crushed dreams. It’s September 21st. Again. And after a confrontation with Miles, the guy from Physics 101, she learns she’s not alone—he’s been trapped for months.
When her attempts to fix her timeline fail, she agrees to work with Miles to find a way out. Soon they’re exploring the mysterious underbelly of the university and going on wild, romantic adventures. As they start falling for each other, they face the universe’s biggest unanswered question yet: what happens to their relationship if they finally make it to tomorrow?
Title: See You Yesterday
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publication Date: May 17, 2022
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Magical Realism
With awesome feminists, a nerdy love interest, and a few spicy moments, this book was an enjoyable sci-fi romance that was very on-brand for Solomon.
I’ll start with our two main characters, Barrett and Miles. These two were about as could be. Barrett was a journalist with a loud personality and wild, unpredictable energy. While Miles was a physics nerd with an even temperament and a steady, trustworthiness that made him practically unshakeable. That being said, they made the perfect match. They needed each other’s energies and personalities to balance their own out and to help them to become who they needed to be. I loved seeing Barrett get in touch with her emotions and past in a way she hadn’t been able to before. And I loved seeing Miles open up and accept his passions and interests. It was a great journey for the two of them.
This book had more sci-fi than I was expecting. Typically, in Groundhog day plots, the answer and the plot aren’t so sci-fi involved, but this one was. I wasn’t necessarily against it since I love sci-fi. I think I was just expecting something different.
I loved all the adventures I was able to go on with these two. They had a lot of days to fill as they were stuck in September 21 so it was fun to see what they did. It made me want to get stuck in a time loop with $10,000.
Overall, while this wasn’t my favorite of Solomon’s novels, I still really enjoyed it.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.