Title: See You Yesterday
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 17, 2022
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: Groundhog Day, Weather Girl, When You Get the Chance
Content Warnings: bullying, sexual harassment, panic attacks, substance abuse & addiction, car accident
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?
I am wary of time loop books that are not part of a fantasy or science fiction genre because they can gloss over or completely disregard why the time loop is happening and how to make it stop. See You Yesterday did not disappoint on that front, exploring theoretical physics or possibly magical explanations in a way that made sense in the context of a young adult contemporary romance.
This book is described as a YA/NA crossover since it is set in college; however, Barrett Bloom is repeating her first day of freshman year, and she is very much still affected by traumatic events from her high school experience, so I would say it leans closer to the YA end of that spectrum.
I ADORED Barrett and Miles and their dislike-to-friends-to-lovers slow burn romance, with grumpy/sunshine dynamics. I’m glad they were stuck in the time loop together (instead of just one character), so their relationship could actually develop without a weird power imbalance. The way they helped each other come to terms with their insecurities and build confidence in their identities was so sweet. The Jewish and mental health rep was lovely.
The structure of the time loop narrative did make the story drag a bit in the middle when it was clear they would still be stuck for awhile. But the story was full of so many fun, hilarious, sweet, and emotional moments that I always enjoyed reading.