The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com.
"Narrator Rebekkah Ross skillfully maneuvers the breakneck pace of this YA novel. Today, high schoolers Rowan Roth and Neil McNair are rivals battling to better one another at every turn. Tonight, in the midst of their senior class game, Howl, which leads them all across Seattle, it is in their best interest to work together to win. But tomorrow, everything changes. As indicated by the title, the story moves swiftly over 24 hours, making its enemies-turned-lovers trope feel like a slow-burn romance. Ross's reedy yet smooth voice readily changes timbre as she portrays young and old, males and females. She gives remarkable emotional performances as both Rowan and Nei—who are competitive, complicated, and vulnerable. Listeners will cheer for this sweet and funny couple the whole way."