“Brilliant, hilarious, and oh-so-romantic.” —BuzzFeed
“Swoony, steamy.” —Entertainment Weekly
The Hating Game meets Booksmart by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
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.
Every morning, Neil McNair awakens Rowan Roth with a text. A taunting text: they're the two top students in the senior class, and sworn rivals. But on the last day of school, there are only two competitions left: who will make valedictorian, and who will win Howl, a citywide senior class event, "part Assassin, part scavenger hunt." Rowan thinks about Neil so much that her friends believe her obsessed, a notion that Rowan finds ridiculous. Until, that is, the long night of Howl, when the two meet each other's families, talk about the last four years, and even share a dance. In Rowan and Neil, Solomon (Our Year of Maybe) has created two complex, believable characters word lover Neil has his future planned out, but his present is way more complicated than Rowan knows. She's an aspiring writer, but she's afraid to tell anyone for one thing, her parents are children's book authors; for another, she wants to write romance, a genre that she sees as feminist in its focus on female desire but that is frequently dismissed as "trash." Enemies turned lovers is an old romance trope, but in Solomon's deft hands, this funny, tender, and romantic book is fresh and wholly satisfying. Ages 12 up.