Rachel Lynn Solomon has been one of my favorite YA authors since I featured her book, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. Her newest novel, TODAY, TONIGHT, TOMORROW is a new delightful rom-com. Have a look:
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.
In our last interview, you said, “I tend to be very, very stubborn about my goals!” What are some of your current goals?
Sometimes it feels terrifying to speak them aloud for fear that they’ll never happen! The biggest thing is that I want to be able to keep writing in both the YA and adult romance worlds. I would also love to see a Hebrew translation of one of my books one day!
That would be lovely! TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. What led to the decision to keep the narrative on this timeline, and what was most challenging about it?
The idea came with the premise of the book. It was something I’d wanted to do for a while but knew it would be challenging, so I waited until I had the right book and the right characters. I loved the idea of everything changing in this one day, and especially with that day being the last day of senior year — the characters are on the precipice of everything. The toughest part was moving the characters around the city geographically. I made multiple maps to plot out where they were at a given time, and I had to cut some locations because they didn’t make sense, timing-wise. That said, and I mention this in the author’s note, my characters do have extraordinarily good luck finding parking spots.
If only good parking spots were as readily available in real life. What stories would you like to see more of and why?
I always want to see more romcoms, since that’s the majority of what I read and write, and especially more diverse romcoms. I would also love to see more subversive, boundary-pushing romance like Rosie Danan’s THE ROOMMATE, which is fantastic.
I agree, and The Roommate sounds fantastic also! During this time of social isolation, what has been most helpful to you and why?
I had a tough time focusing on reading during the first couple months, but as they’ve always been during difficult times, romance novels have been such a comfort for me. Spending an entire weekend with a book is something I wouldn’t have been able to do before, largely because I’m terrible at taking breaks from work. So now I’m trying to enjoy that silver lining — we have to take them where we can.
Today, Tonight, Tomorrow
Our Year of Maybe
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone