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.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Gabrielle Zevin is one of those authors that I knew I would read at some point – I borrowed her adult novels The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Young Jane Young from the library when I returned Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow and I cannot believe I still have not read her YA novel, Elsewhere – and I’m so glad I started with Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow. This novel is for sure a favorite book of 2022…and potentially one of my favorite books ever.
Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow is one of those books that define the feeling of “I couldn’t put this book down.” When I tell you I devoured this book, I devoured this book. I didn’t know what to expect going in, other than the basic of premise of two childhood friends coming together again in college to create a video game, and I highly, highly recommend going into this one as little as possible. There is much more to that basic premise, as Sadie and Sam’s game, also produced by their friend, Marx, skyrockets and leads the team into mass popularity. The books tackles so many themes, including but not limited to friendship, family, romance, living with a disability, success and fame, failure, and relationship abuse. The book is adult fiction, but starts with Sam & Sadie as teenagers and transitions from their first time hanging out to college and then into their company and games. It has the perfect cross-over appeal while having some of the best writing I’ve EVER read.
Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow is told in mostly third person perspectives in sections, mostly following Sam and Sadie. NO character in this book is perfect, as Sam and Sadie both have flaws from the get-go that affect their relationship and others in the novel. There’s so much to explore about their backgrounds and family lives, relationships, and of course, their own friendship that is filled with so many obstacles and disasters as their company becomes more & more successful.
You definitely do not need to be a gamer to enjoy and understand the video games/gaming part of Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow. I was a Nintendo girl growing up (Mario Kart is still a fave), and I honestly I wish I had some of the games Sadie & Sam create! It made me want to play a game….including this version of EmilyBlaster (the game Sadie creates for her college class) that was created by Gabrielle Zevin’s publisher.
You know when people say that they wish that they could re-watch certain TV shows or reread a specific book like it was the first time all over again. In my case, the book would be Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow. I’ve truly read nothing like it before. Overall, Tomorrow, & Tomorrow, & Tomorrow is a favorite book of 2022. PLEASE read this book as I dive into Gabrielle Zevin’s backlist.
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