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From the author of Today Tonight Tomorrow comes a magical romance in the vein of Groundhog Day about a girl forced to relive her disastrous first day of college—only to discover that her nemesis is stuck in the time loop with her.
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?
Refreshing more than one classic trope, Solomon (Today Tonight Tomorrow) creates an emotionally savvy and genuinely romantic story of opposites attracting within a time loop. A far cry from her dreams of reinventing herself after high school, the first day of college classes isn't going well for aspiring journalist Barrett Bloom, who is white and Jewish. Barrett's roommate turns out to be her high school nemesis, she blows her interview for the university newspaper, and she accidentally sets a frat house on fire all before finding that she's set to endlessly repeat that first day. But she isn't alone; physics classmate Miles Kasher-Okamoto, who is biracial (Japanese and white) and also Jewish, is stuck in the same loop. They're not a natural fit: shy, uptight faculty kid Miles is interested in solving the science of the loop, while pop culture savvy Barrett is brash and sarcastic, wondering if maybe there's something she or they need to learn. And so begins a month of do-overs in which they study science, argue, confide in each other, and undertake stupid pranks. Through Barrett's cranky, funny voice, which softens as she changes, Solomon deftly shows that reinvention can happen relationally, as the flawed characters find themselves in time and with each other. Ages 14 up. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary.