“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 is permanent, because nothing is permanent, ever."
To quote Taylor Swift, "It's been a long time coming, but..." I am back with Book Reviews over one year later. So, this means this book was something that really got my attention.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a story of two people in the early 1980s: A boy named Sam and a girl named Sadie. Both are thrown into each other's lives in the face of hardship within a hospital - Sam because of an accident that left him crippled and Sadie because of her sister's cancer. But, these events are just the entry into a life-long friendship formed by compassion and video games.
The book toggles back and forth between the before and now of Sadie and Sam's friendship, partnership and above all else, a love for one another that surpasses the typical romantic love. The before encompasses how Sadie and Sam became friends, reconnected in college and how they developed and designed their first video game. The after talked about their life after their video game, Ichigo, took off and launched them into the creation of more games and their company, Unfair Games.
Within these pages, you get to grow along with Sam and Sadie and feel all the dualities they experience in life. You feel love and loss, joy and pain, triumph and defeat when each of them feel it. But what got me the most was how no matter what came to pass, they always came back to one another.
I believe that is one of the greatest lessons Gabrielle Zevin teaches us in her books. The power of friendship, relationships and overcoming life's greatest obstacles. I get why this book was on everyone's list last year and was recommended for so many awards. The cover is just as beautiful as the story itself, and it is a book suited to new readers, big readers and audiobook listeners alike. Give this a read and I promise you won't regret it!