My favorite thing about Yesterday or Long Ago is how it revolves around a friendship between two young women, Rinity and Amya, who are completely loyal to each other. So often, female friendships in fiction get used to set up tension when they both like the same guy, or one of them gets more successful at her job than the other and jealousy breaks up their friendship. But none of those sorts of clichés happen here -- hooray! Instead, Rinity and Amya are kind, considerate, and truthful with each other. Sure, they do disagree at times, but "will they stay friends?" is not a plot point at all, and I loved that.
Another thing I loved was how Rinity used storytelling to calm herself down, to get herself through stressful situations, and even to explain herself to others. I identify strongly with that habit. Also, Amya sews, and so do I, so that was a fun connection for me too.
Both girls fall in love with men far above their social station, and trying to figure out how to tell the men the truth about where they come from is the biggest problem they have for a while. But then Rinity gets tangled up with a shady man who claims to know who her real father was, something she's always longed to know, and everything gets pretty worrisome for a while... but, like I said, you always have a sense that things will end well, which makes the darker parts not too dark.
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I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and was in no way obligated to review it.
This book will be released on May 12. If you want to know how and where to pre-order it (and receive some pre-order swag!), please check out the author's blog for that info. Even though I got to read an ARC, I'm ordering a physical copy myself because I know I'll want to reread it, and I want it on my shelf.
You can add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads right here.
Particularly Good Bits:
She fought to keep her words a hiss, keenly aware that they were in the Library and the books wouldn't like it if she yelled (ch. 4).
She couldn't just keep reading books and pretend reality didn't exist (ch. 15).
She pushed that hope away, though she knew that wasn't how hope worked. It was a pesky thing that had a habit of sticking around far longer than she wished and refused to be killed no matter how hard you tried. It was tenacious as ivy and twice as stubborn (ch. 27).
She wasn't a girl in a storybook. People often assumed she didn't, but she did know the difference between reality and stories (ch. 29).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some perilous moments and lots of kissing. But sweet and innocent kissing, nothing racy. No bad language; very mild violence and peril.
This is my 16th book read from my TBR for #TheUnreadShelfProject2021.