A review by thatenbyisisreads
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This emotional masterpiece sends every reader into the world of video game development with sprinkles of love, friendships, and embracing of failure
Spoiler The relationship between Sadie and Sam made me yearn for more, but I couldn't be more understanding of their ending. Originally, I was so against Marx and Sadie's relationship, but over time they really started to grow on me, despite my feelings for her and Sam. Honestly, this was the perfect time to implement a polyam relationship. Then, that's when everything came crashing down on me when Marx had passed on. That passage about the strawberry field brought me to tears, it was so beautiful, yet so tragic to lose such a profound, genuine person who didn't deserve that fate. 

Currently, I'm dealing with a break up with someone who I love so much and hold to such a high regard. I was so grateful to have read this quote during this trying time. "'Marx, you had better be alright. I absolutely can't bear the thought of a world without you.' She squeezes your hand and kisses your cheek. 'No, I won't bear it. I refuse to bear it. Love you madly, my sweet friend.'
Love you madly.
The way to turn an ex lover into a friend is to never stop loving them, to know that when one phase of a relationship ends it can transform into something else. It is to acknowledge that love is both a constant and a variable at the same time."
As devastating as this phase of my life may be, this quote is a reminder that when things don't go as we had hoped, we can still expect that love to manifest into something beautiful. 

As a fellow artist, it is quite easy to fall into that disappoint that comes with failure and not wanting to try again. This following quote helped further expand my way of thinking on the topic of failure. "This was William Morris's garden. These were his strawberries. These were birds he knew. No designer has ever used red or yellow in an indigo discharge dyeing technique before. He must have had to start over many times to get the colors right. This fabric is not just a fabric. It's the story of failure and of perseverance, of the discipline of a craftsman, of the life of an artist." Thanks to Marx's mother, I wish to let failure take me on it's journey towards success.

However, I do wish that they held more of a discussion on why it was highly inappropriate for Sadie's professor to have had taken advantage of her at 19 years old while he was in his 30's.

Overall, yet again, I couldn't have picked a more appropriate time to read a book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's an artist afraid of failure, but everyone else should read nonetheless!

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