Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow was voted the 2022 Book of the Year (BOTY) at Book of the Month (BOTM), so I had to read it. Upon reading this gem of a book, I underlined many quotes. Who knew video games could give us such a great lens for looking at life? Gabrielle Zevin did, that’s who.
And while this book references video games and is generally about creating video games, it’s not required for you to be a fan to fully appreciate this story. I’m not an avid video game player and I LOVED this book. It actually gave off a lot of Social Network vibes, so if you like that kind of thing, then you should pick this one up.
Even if you decide not to read this book (mistake) you should at least check out the quotes below, because they are pretty darn great.
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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‘What is a game?’ Marx said. ‘it’s tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. It’s the possibility of infinite rebirth, infinite redemption. The idea that if you keep playing, you could win. No loss was permanent, ever.’Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
If you’re always aiming for perfection, you won’t make anything at all.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
This is what time travel is. It’s looking at a person, and seeing them in the present and the past, concurrently. And that mode of transport only worked with those one had known a significant time.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
Video games don’t make people violent, but maybe they falsely give you the idea that you can be a hero.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
We are all living, at most, half of a life, she thought. There was the life you lived, which consisted of the choices you made. And then, there was the other life, the one that was the things you hadn’t chosen.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
The game is only over if you stop playing. There is always one more life. Even the most brutal death isn’t final.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
You’re incredibly gifted, Sam. But it is worth noting that to be good at something is not quite the same as loving it.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
There is no purity to bearing pain alone.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
A programmer is a diviner of possible outcomes, and a seer of unseen worldTomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
‘Friendship,’ Marx said, ‘is kind of like having a Tamagotchi.’Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
Art doesn’t typically get made by happy people.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
He knew what he was experiencing was a basic error in programming, and he wished he could open up his brain and delete the bad code. Unfortunately, the human brain is every bit as closed a system as a Mac.Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zeven
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