Published: 28 July 2020 by Simon Pulse
The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
*ARC is kindly provided by Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve always enjoyed a good enemies-to-lover type of book and that’s what immediately made me sign up for this book plus I’ve always been amazed with books that took place in just one day. I’m amazed how authors were able to maximize a 24-hour time period giving us almost all the important information about the lead characters and their lives. Today Tonight Tomorrow gives us the story of nemesis – Rowan and Neil – who are on their last day of high school.
Rowan’s longest relationship is with Neil McNair – no, this is not the romantic type of relationship but instead a competitive type. They’ve been nemesis since freshman year and from then they’ve been trying to one-up each other. At their high school they were always packaged together – it’s always Rowan versus Neil and Neil versus Rowan. Along the way, they began hating and developed deep animosity for one another. They just can’t seem to agree about anything.
Rowan and Neil are a wonderful duo. I love and enjoyed their witty banters and flashback of memories. But this is the part where I’ll tell you guys that as much as I love the whole “falling for each other” thing I just find myself looking for more foundation on their feelings for one another. I just wished that some flashbacks would’ve hinted us of those feelings they have towards each other along the way. It was just quite unbelievable for me that after spending a couple hours together, it’s just then they realized that they love each other. There wasn’t even a “sweet” moment between them for the past four years until just now. But that’s just me being too analytical, I guess? But if I’m going to ignore that, I can say that they do have this chemistry and that’s what the whole enemies-to-lovers trope is about, right? I also realized that these two do immortalize the saying “the more you hate, the more you love”. Amidst the rivalry and one-upping each other, they didn’t even notice that they’ve already fallen for each other.
Rowan is such an insightful character. I enjoyed getting to know her in a span of one day. She has this pretty creative and intelligent mind. She’s a headstrong character who is not afraid to speak up her mind – well except for her well-kept secret love for romance books. Rowan loves romance novels but everyone around her – her parents and friends – seem to belittle that genre that’s why she’s hesitant to share with them that passion and her love for not only reading them but also writing one.
“High school is ending, and it’s only today that I’m realizing everything I didn’t do.”
“I just wish it didn’t have to end right now; I wish I had more time.”
This last day of high school have made Rowan feel more nostalgic. Especially when she opened a letter that she made for herself when she started high school. It’s a list of things that she would’ve accomplished throughout this stage of her life. She remembered her fourteen-year-old self, brimming with optimism and wanting to get that guide exactly write. But she realized not everything can really go according to plan. As Neil told Rowan, she can’t tie herself on the list she made because interests change. Yes, for some it doesn’t but for most it changes.
I really like Neil. Just when I thought he’s just this guy determined to one-up and defeat Rowan, he surprised me! He’s nice, well-mannered, a cute dork who is also sweet and very close to his sister and mom. I wish we would’ve gotten to know more about him by having a part of the story on his POV. That would surely be a delight!
The Howl Game for the seniors have brought Rowan and Neil together for the last time. But instead of being rivals they decided to work together. And by working together, they embark on this scavenger hunt throughout Seattle that also brought them closer personally. It unnerved Rowan how much they have in common. She started thinking what if the time they spent plotting to destroy each other was instead spent being friends. They’ve competed with one another for as long as they’ve known each other. They spent so much time wondering how to defeat and one up one another but never considered one another as friends up until now…and those thoughts have opened up a whole can of feelings not only for Rowan but also for Neil.
Today Tonight Tomorrow reminded me that yes risks are scary, but regrets are much scarier. We must get out of our comfort zone and have fun because we don’t really know what lies ahead. Overall, this has been a joyful read! I just find myself wishing for an epilogue – maybe a little snippet what might’ve happened after graduation. 😉
“I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’ve never been on the Green Wheel. I’ve never almost broken into a library. I’ve never experienced Seattle the way I did tonight, but its not just the setting. But by bit, today forced me out of my comfort zone. The end of the game means the end of high school, and while there’s plenty I romanticized, there’s so much I’ll miss…”
4/5 Flower Rating
If you enjoy reading a cute contemporary enemies-to-lovers kind of story this book is just for you!💚