ARC Review: Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

*ARC courtesy of NetGalley*

Publication Date: February 2nd 2021

Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.

He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift. Read More.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.25

If I hadn’t received an ARC of this book I most likely never would have picked it up, for the simple fact that I haven’t heard anything about it and THAT IS A CRIME! Oh my word, I loved this book so much and you need to go and add this to your TBR.

Yesterday is History follows Andre who receives a liver transplant and the donors time travelling powers right along with it. As he works with the donors brother, Blake, to learn how to use this new ability he also travels back and forth to 1969 where he strikes up a real connection with boy names Michael.

If you didn’t get the gist from that introduction, I really enjoyed this book and it was a very pleasant surprise considering I didn’t have any idea of what to expect before I started reading.

It was easy to read and I really loved Andre, the main character. He was such an easy character to love. Here in my notes I have it written down that he was “the king at communication” and he really was. He had his head screwed on straight and besides from a little wabble there at the end he didn’t make any stupid decisions and I appreciate that in a character.

While Andre might have had his head screwed on straight, he wasn’t straight. He’s a gay character of colour which I loved to see.

There is a romance in this novel, there’s actually a love-triangle of sorts and I didn’t know who I wanted him to end up with as he had great chemistry with both of them. I will admit there was some “insta-love” in there. One of the love interests is Michael, the dude living in 1969 who Andre only knows for a couple of days all together and yet he had really strong emotions for him. I don’t mind letting it slide on this occasion though.

With Andre travelling back to the late 60’s/early 70’s where life was so different for people in the LGBT+ community. While not the main focus of the story we do see how coming out affects Michael. I was very glad to see that these issues and struggles weren’t swept under the rug or dismissed in any way.

This is by no means an action packed but but it doesn’t need to be. I enjoyed reading about the characters and their experiences/struggles/motivations and that mixed with the time-travel elements made for an interesting read that I genuinely didn’t want to finish.

Overall I definitely would recommend you check this book out, add it to your TBR and read it as soon as possible!

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