Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 17, 2022
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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?
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Parallel life/time loop books are some of my favorite books to read. The first time I read one I was hooked and have been reading and loving them since. So when I heard Rachel Lynn Solomon was writing a time loop book I was super excited. I have loved her last few YA books and was excited to see what she would do. I can happily report that See You Yesterday hit the spot and gave me what I come to love from both Rachel and time related books.
See You Yesterday is about Barrett Bloom, a girl that is excited to start college and leave her messy high school life behind. She is ready to start fresh and be someone new. But when college starts on September 21st, everything that can go wrong for Barrett does, including being humiliated by a know-it-all in physics. When she is locked out of her room with no where else to go Barrett falls asleep in the common room. But when she wakes up the next morning it is September 21st all over again and Barrett is in her bed in her dorm. Not sure what is happening she lives the 21st again and again. And after another conformation with Miles, the know-it-all, she finds out he has been stuck in this time loop for months. The two of them decide to work together to figure out what is going on and how to get out of it. What started as a combative relationship soon becomes much more as these two only have each other to figure out just what is going on.
What I loved most about See You Yesterday was the message behind it. Both Barrett and Miles were both struggling with learning to love themselves. They were both having hard times which caused them both not wanting to move past that moment. They needed the time loop to help both of them grow and change and forgive themselves for things they had no control over. Through the days they spent together and the shenanigans they go through they were able to let go of the past and love themselves in the present. That added with the charming way Rachel Lynn Solomon writes I was done for.
In the end See You Yesterday was not my favorite Solomon book, but it was lovely and filled with heart and a hate/love trope that gets me every time. There is a lot of science in it, but not hard to follow so not one of those time loop books. All in all it was a great YA/NA story about moving on and growing. Definitely one to read!