My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Literary Fiction
On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
When I was casually looking around YouTube finding book recommendations, and heard about this book, centred around the world of video games, I did not expect to have found a new favourite, but when I tell you that this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life I am not kidding.
I went into this book pretty blind, I heard that it was a good read, and also it had such a pretty cover and I loved the title, so I figured I’d give it a go, and I actually think its great to go into this book relatively blind.
The book was described as an incredibly sad one, I kind of understand this, but also I don’t think it is sad in the typical way that you might expect. In my opinion, the sadness seemed kind of realistic? It was a more bleak than heartbreaking, and seemed more aligned with ‘real’ sadness instead of just straight up torture porn, which people seem to get in books like A Little Life.
This book switches POV, time frame, and also worlds quite a bit, and this is something that would normally really put me off, but the way that it was done was just so incredibly well written that I didn’t even care at all.
The actual book kind of reminds me of John Green, but, meaning no offence to John Green, I think the characters are far better written, more realistic and a lot less annoying.
Honestly, there isn’t much I even have planned to say about this book except to beg you to please please read it because all I was thinking the whole entire time that I read it is just how much I adore reading.
This book is so hard to describe because I don’t believe it fits into any specific genre or mood, it is so incredibly unique and it os just such a pleasure to read.
A thousand out of ten, I wasn’t even done with the book and wanted to start again. I am very sorry this review is a mess, but I feel like a mess. Please read this book.
I would like to sincerely apologise for how much of a hot mess this review is, I truly don’t know how it is that I am supposed to review this book, all I want to do is beg you to please read it. If you have read this already, be sure to let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions of similar books PLEASE send them my way!