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

dark sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I have avoided writing the review for this for a while, simply because I refuse to believe that elements of this book happened. I really liked some elements of this book, its unapologetic Jewishness, its strong-minded characters, the way the gaming world is explored, amongst other things. But wow, I lost a lot of interest after the thing happens. 

To reel off some more positives, one thing I loved was how Zevin takes the reader through the gaming world. I am not a massive gamer and do not know a lot of the technical jargon of the gaming world, but Zevin wrote this in a way that was easy to understand, but it generally had an immersive style to it. I felt it was easy to get sucked into Sam and Sadie's world and I liked this element of it. Despite their flaws, I also somewhat enjoyed seeing a variety of characters. This novel is basically a whole platonic miscommunication trope, but I liked seeing different sides to the characters and significant contrasts between their personalities. Finally, the disability rep in this is good and I appreciated the way Zevin depicted Sam's physical disability.

I felt like the thing that happens was just completely unnecessary though.
Spoiler Killing Marx was just an absolute shock but I felt like the story was not destined for that to happen. I think up until that point, I was waiting for more complex elements to Sam and Sadie's lives, but that felt too abrupt and unnatural and I felt the way life was dealt with after Marx's death was not told well, nor was it realistic in places? I don't know? It felt like lazy writing to be honest. I didn't appreciate it at all.

I don't know if I would re-read this, and I am unsure if I would recommend this. Certainly check the trigger warnings before you read and I think whilst it appears pacey in parts and lighter on the surface, it can get very dark very quickly and I would say the latter half of the book goes down-hill.

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