See You Yesterday

S. & S. May 2022. 432p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781665901925.
Gr 10 Up–Barrett Bloom is ready to discover herself in college. However, on her first day of class, September 21, everything goes wrong. Her roommate is her high school frenemy, she’s humiliated by a random guy in her physics class, she botches her interview for the college paper, and she accidentally sets a frat house on fire. Exhausted and terrified, she falls asleep only to wake up on September 21. Again. Barrett quickly learns she’s not alone in her Groundhog Day experience, the random guy from physics class, Miles, is also trapped and has been trapped for months. Together, Miles and Barrett try to free themselves from their time loop. What neither of them expects is how much they start to like, maybe even love, each other. Solomon creates a fun and believable time travel plot by balancing magical realism and scientific explanation. The characters make the story an engaging read, as while Barrett and Miles navigate time loop high jinks, they also process serious issues such as bullying, trauma, sex, and familial drug addiction. Barrett and Miles are realistic and flawed but still likable. Both main and supporting characters are diverse. Barrett and Miles are both Jewish and Miles is also Japanese. Barrett’s mother and girlfriend are queer.
VERDICT Perfect for fans of Solomon’s work, but also recommend to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and are open to science fiction and a bit of magic.

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