Yesterday is History by: Kosoko Jackson

An epic, heartfelt romance about a boy torn between two loves, one in his present … and one in the past. A story of Black queer history, love, loss, and learning to stay in the moment before it passes you by.

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.

Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre’s donor, keeps him at arm’s length despite their obvious attraction to each other.

Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs–and more importantly who he wants to be–before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

Homomisia

Racism discussed

Familial estrangement

Alcohol consumption

Physical injury

Hospitalisation

Organ transplants & surgery mentioned

Terminal cancer

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I stumbled on the summary of this book after falling down a hole on GoodReads. Honestly, one of my favorite things is looking at books for a few hours and seeing where I end up. Typically I end up with a ton of books added to my TBR and a good feeling about all of them. So after having this on my TBR for a few months and then running across it on the Libby app I knew it was time.

Going into this book I thought it would be a sweet lighthearted YA rom-com with the added twist of time travel, which it was, but it was also so much more. We have the discussion of class, wealth, race, and sexuality. Andre is a young queer black man that just received a life-changing liver transplant, life-changing in more ways than one.

Imagine six months after a liver transplant you’re all of a sudden transported into the past. I’ve always been deeply fascinated by the idea of time travel but, as a WOC, also scared of it. There are tons of places in America, currently, where it’s not safe to walk around while being brown, or queer, so the idea of being transported back in time is scary.

From the start that was sweet, cute, and full of random horror movie references [which I love!] to the middle and end that were deeper and full of more emotion I loved this entire story. We get a beautiful story of love, time travel, and finding where you fit, and though we are always aware of the trauma a young queer black man may face, we’re able to see and share in his joy and happiness without scenes of discrimination or hate.

I am so happy that I stumbled upon the summary of this book and look forward to buying myself a copy to re-read, annotate, and use to convince more people to read this beautiful story.


Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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