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?
***Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
I would never have picked up See You Yesterday if I knew it was going to be Groundhog Day. It has got to be one of my least favourite tropes; the repetitiveness and the neverending monotony drive me crazy. And if I had been pre-warned and avoided this book, I would have missed out on what could be my favourite book this month. See You Yesterday has everything you could want in a romantic romp through timelines.
I love that our protagonists are unlike the usual romantic leads. Miles is Asian and Jewish with ears that stick out. He’s nerdy and rude and a bit antisocial. Stuck in a rut, Miles emotes poorly and has the perfect memory to remember all of your faults. Barrett is curvy and outspoken. She’s Jewish and awkward and turns everything into a joke, especially when you don’t want her to. They are the worst two people to be stuck together in a time loop. And it is absolute perfection.
I love the evolution here. Both characters grow individually into better people, taking this great slow-burn relationship and turning it into something that feels inevitable. I love that the story doesn’t follow one straight path from trope to trope, but zig-zags and pinballs, sure to hit them all, just not in the way you expect. You might predict it, but you’ll never see it coming.
And while it is Groundhog Day, it isn’t rub it in your face with the same thing every chapter Groundhog Day. It’s subtle but in your face, present but not overpowering. There isn’t a single thing I would change about See You Yesterday, and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write about a Groundhog Day trope, so you know this is a good one.