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Barrett Bloom can’t wait for a fresh start in college. High school didn’t go so well and college is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. When Barrett wakes up on September 21st, immediately something is wrong. First, her high school nemesis is her roommate, next an obnoxious guy embarrasses her in physics, then she has a disaster interview for the school paper and finally, she sets a frat house on fire.
Life literally can’t get any worse…until Barrett wakes up on September 21st again, doomed to repeat the disaster day. Of course, she makes some changes so she can avoid doing the same things over and over again, but no matter what, she can’t escape the time loop.
Just as she’s about to give up, she realizes the obnoxious guy from physics, Miles Kasher-Okamoto, is also stuck in the time loop. Except, he’s been reliving this day for more than a month longer than Barrett. Despite their differences, Barrett and Miles have to work together to find out how to get to September 22nd.
See You Yesterday’s plot has been done before, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great read. While reliving the same day over and over has been seen in book, movies and TV, we enjoyed Solomon’s version of the trope. Both Barrett and Miles needed to get stuck for some self-reflection and direction. Both are private people who’ve struggled a lot and taking time away from every day life opened their worldview.
We didn’t know what to think of Barrett at first. She came off as too abrasive. But we really grew to like her when we got to learn more about her life and witness strong character development. Miles seemed like a total asshole on day one, but when you realize that he had been reliving the day and already knew Barrett for over a month, we forgave him.
Now, for the plot — Solomon did her research on the physics of time travel. We liked that Barrett and Miles spent time doing research and consulted experts on how to get home. And it made the plot have more of an adventure. However, they didn’t stay focused the whole time. They did what normal college students would do and took advantage of having total freedom. They got horrible tattoos, traveled and got revenge on people, sans consequences.
Solomon also had a commentary on the transition from high school to college. It’s such a strange time in life because you’re not quite a kid, not quite an adult. You’re on your own for the first time and trying to figure out what you want out of life. Barrett had a chance to figure herself out and gain some confidence along the way.
Overall, if you want a college YA book about reliving the same day over again, See You Yesterday is for you. There’s also a cute slow-burn romance.