Today Tonight Tomorrow: a stunning take on the enemies-to-lovers trope


Rachel Lynn Solomon

Aila MonLouis, Staff Writer

“How do you tell the person you’ve spent four years trying to destroy that you have a crush on them?” This is the story of Today Tonight Tomorrow.

Neil McNair and Rowan Roth’s academic rivalry begins freshman year and is carried throughout their high school careers. The senior’s annual end-of-the-year game, HOWL, is their last chance to compete against each other, and beating the other one last time meant more than anything. Instead, the game leads to the two being vulnerable with the other and reveals feelings unfathomable.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon is such an easy read – I finished it in under twenty-four hours. It’s great for those who would like to get back into reading, especially if you enjoy rom-com books and the enemies-to-lovers trope.

Solomon’s work had a great spin on the enemies-to-lovers trope. I especially enjoy this trope because it is interesting to see how different the characters and plot can play out, while still following the same idea.

She also does a great job making the reader feel engaged and want to keep reading. For a young adult romantic comedy, this novel is pretty inclusive. She included topics like woman-plus-woman couples, what life would be like with a parent in jail, Jewish faith, and anti-semitism.

I do not have any involvement with those subjects in my life, but it was interesting to hear and learn about experiences other readers, similar to the characters, may go through.

Although it allowed for a learning experience, the topics sometimes felt forced and very direct. Whether it was through a conversation between two characters or specific instances, the ideas seemed rushed.

In the story, there is a scene with Rowan and other senior participants in a room, taking a break from HOWL. She overhears a conversation and learns that there are people planning to get her out of the game as soon as possible. They believe she does not need the 5,000 dollar reward and hint to the fact that she is Jewish by pointing to their noses. Now of course, we know that this preconceived notion is untrue and dangerous, but the author should have gone more in-depth as to what Rowan was feeling in that moment

It is important to note, though, that there are not many books that touch on difficult topics, especially in young adult novels.

When I finished reading, I was hoping there would be a movie for the book but unfortunately, there is not. I do not believe there is a plan to create one based on the book but I feel it would be a great take seeing everything in action.