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?
After falling in live with Rachel’s previous book, Today Tonight Tomorrow, this story of two teenagers trapped in a Groundhog Day style time loop became one of my most anticipated 2022 reads, and for the most part it did not disappoint.
I’m obsessed with time loops, Happy Death Day is one of my favourite movies (I’ve seen the actual Groundhog Day once because I hate Bill Murray). The idea that you can just do and say whatever you want and no-one will remember is incredibly appealing to me.
I did feel that the explanation for the time loop attempted to be scientific, which gave me the false impression that when Barrett and Miles worked out what was going on it would be an OH OF COURSE moment, but instead it was a little lacklustre unfortunately.
Barrett and Miles relationship is an easy one to root for, and Rachel is one of my favourite romance authors now. She has an ability to write complex, messy, realistic characters that feel like real people, that you can both root for, understand and see yourself in.
Despite the mild disappointment with the time loop itself, this was so much fun, as Barrett and Miles tried both hitting the books to solve the mystery and just trying increasingly unhinged ideas, from filling an empty swimming pool with balls to hiring a truck and giving away free ice cream. This is going on my re-read pile!
2 thoughts on “See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon // Book Review”
Great review! This one has caught my eye in the same way Today Tonight Tomorrow did but I still haven’t read that one or any of her other books and I don’t know why? This sounds great though and I’m glad that hear you ended up enjoying it overall!
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