For me, Rachel Lynn Solomon is an auto-buy author. I have loved every one of Solomon’s books I’ve read. And See You Yesterday is no exception. Time travel is probably my favorite element, so when I heard about this Groundhog Day/time loop, I was sold. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: panic attack, SC drug addict
I don’t think I can properly describe how much I love time loops and time travel. My obsession has been steadily growing and so See You Yesterday delivers an un-explainable dopamine rush. If you love time loops or time travel, you have to read this, conversation done. At the same time, if you love Rachel Lynn Solomon’s ability to write nuanced, complex, and emotional characters, pick this one up. See You Yesterday features Barrett and Miles who have seriously charmed me.
There’s a snark to Barrett and a wit that instantly told me, “you get me”. I love how wry she is, how she has this deep seated passion, and also this complex history and vulnerability. Barrett has a love of storytelling, a curiosity to unravel people, and it’s infectious. Barrett is one of those characters who just resonated within my soul. At the same time, Miles is a character who made me laugh, shed a tear, and smile.
Not to mention, with signature Solomon style, See You Yesterday‘s banter game is top notch. Their chemistry and the way they play off each other is fascinating and entertaining. Additionally, I loved how Solomon not only delivers a quick paced romantic flair, but also some serious theme exploration. Because how on earth are they going to escape? Can they even? At the heart of See You Yesterday is also a story about fear and the purpose of life.
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If you could live today without consequences, what would you do? How would our actions and our sense of purpose be changed? See You Yesterday also explores loneliness. It examines the ways we can be alone in a crowded room. How it impacts and manifests. It also gets down to the heart of our fear of endings and beginnings. Of not knowing how tomorrow will unfold. I am seriously in love with this book if you couldn’t tell. And you should definitely read it. Find See You Yesterday on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.