In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends–often in love, but never lovers–come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.
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.
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“Illness cannot be defeated, no matter how hard you fought. And pain, once it had you in its grasp was transformational.”
(3.5 / 5) Sam and Sadie meet as kids and become friends then meet up again in their college years. They always bonded over gaming so it only made sense they started developing games together.
A lot of people are turned off from this story because of the gaming aspect. I do not game and never felt like I was in the dark with any of it. Yes there was some jargon and such that I didn’t know but it didn’t change the story for me. I loved Sam and Sadie’s friendship. They went through many ups and downs and while it would briefly go to different POV, I always wanted it to get back to them. The book carried through years of their lives and for the most part I was entertained. If they were fighting or other stories were coming into play I wasn’t as committed.
There were many monumental moments and life-altering situations but they stuck by each other, even if it took a while to find each other again. It was written well with a few slower chapters throughout that had my attention waning. The other POV’s seemed inconsequential for the most part and I couldn’t find the reasoning behind some of those.
Audio Review: It came as a surprise to me that the narrator Jennifer Kim did not use different voices for each character. Honestly though, it worked so well! She was telling a story and I never felt the voices were missing. One male narrator popped in for a very dramatic and emotional scene or two and it was done beautifully. That brief time he was there added so much to the moment. Well done.
General content summary: F words: 20+, C word: 6, childhood cancer (leukemia) and treatment, references to intimacy (no details), infidelity, smoking a joint (multiple) and cocaine, a mother and son watch a woman jump from a building (suicide) and the mother talks to the woman as she dies (blood), S&M brief descriptions and bruises and aggression, abortion, previous death from eating disorder, sexual harassment, foot injury and surgeries and disability, f/f kissing, m/m marriage, active shooter (few shot and one in coma, details of shooters and the shooting, death, suicide), death and grief, postpartum, depression, pregnancy (unwed), cancer and last days.
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