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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  17,528 Ratings  ·  2,942 Reviews
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Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she ha
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published August 1st 2013)
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Emily May
Dec 04, 2012 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, arc, 2013

I'm still reeling from this book. I finished it with that sad, hollow feeling that makes it impossible to read anything else for a while because you're still living in the book's world and still caught up in the adventures of those characters. And I didn't expect to like this book anywhere near as much as I did. It's a science-fiction book with a romance that is central to the story and we all know how well those go. But it's well-written and compelling with a very interesting and seemingly ori
"That's All" Ash
Sep 11, 2013 "That's All" Ash rated it really liked it
I think this is the first time I’ve written a bad review for a 4-star book.

Is that even Goodreads-legal?

Here’s my problem with All Our Yesterdays: It was awesome… once I got past the beginning.

This was my status update at 17%:

‘Okie dokie. So. This is a dystopian book about a girl who’s already lived fourteen (fifteen?) lives and needs to get to a time machine so that she can jump forward to her past and it’s also a dual POV between her current self and her past self and the relationship with t
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 20, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Recommended for fans of stories about time travel and romance. ^^
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Fafa's Book Corner

3 to 3.5 stars

I’m both impressed and disappointed. Impressed because I had no idea this was going to be about time travel so it was a complete surprise because the concept (Marina and Finn try to save the world by going four years back to the past to kill their best friend, James aka Doctor who invented the machine that will allow people to time travel that consequently will cause the world’s doom) is quite unique. I’m a bit disappointed because I honestly thought this was going to be an actio
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

I liked how the author addressed time travel paradox and causal loop questions, but I felt less enthused about the characters.

Full text of review may be found in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Stars


Yes, yes I know it's a really amazing sci-fi,time travel thriller, that's chocka-blocked full of action and suspense and a liberal dose of angsty teen love. This I know, but my reaction towards the story completely surprised me!

Firstly if you plan on reading this book, here's a tip: Keep your wits about you, there's so much going on and every detail is so important, you can't miss anything! Secondly. OMG about halfway through this bo
All Our Yesterdays made me:
- grip my Kindle so hard it left an imprint on my forehead
- whisper-scream in anticipation and outrage
- believe in its time-traveling, dystopian premise
- cry soft tears that landed in my orange juice
- drink my own tears (see above)
- wish I had read it so much sooner

I have so much love for this book, my first five-star read of 2015. It centers on Em, a young woman stuck in a cell with nothing besides the voice of a boy in the cell next to hers and a list of instructions
Jun 05, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, signed
There's been a slew of time travel books lately and All Our Yesterdays is another one that I can add on the short list of those that impressed me. The time travel concept introduced, while hard to grasp like any and all time travel science, explains how paradoxes fixes itself in a manner that's utterly fascinating, while giving us a plot that is both thought-provoking and exciting.

All Our Yesterdays has a past/present setting that involves a unique double characterization; even though our main c
Oh my! This is what a true time travel story should be about.

The suspense, the confusion, the puzzled pieces that start to fit together, the world building, the character development (both in the past and the future)… Should I really tell you how much I loved this story?
It was absolutely AMAZING! It blew my mind, of course I loved it!

I’d spend all my yesterdays reading this book only to feel this joy with which it filled my heart, because there’s nothing better than finding a new favorite book
Holy fuck. That was probably one of the most intense, gripping finales I've ever read in my life. This book completely messed with my mind and my emotions. I'm still reeling.
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Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'But it's the last line that makes me scramble for the toilet in the corner of my cell.
You have to kill him.'

I guess it's no lie that I am an absolute stingy person when it comes to giving out 5 stars. To me, they are the rarest gems of the pile. Being this, I believe I should be permitted to just throw confetti across the room and say, "READ THIS BOOK A
Is it just me or does All Our Yesterdays have a distinctly cinematic flavor? I feel like I've just sat through a fast-paced movie about time travel and two people on the run trying to save the world. I'm not sure if that's a good thing but it kept me interested and intrigued till the very end, which is more than I can say about most YA books. And considering this is a debut, I'd say that's an impressive accomplishment.

Em and Finn escape from a prison cell and travel 4 years back in time to preve
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

"Is that breakthrough what you were going to tell me about?" I say. "The night you came home?"

James nods but doesn't look away from the road. "Yeah."

"What is it?" Finn asks.

"It's something I've been working on for a long time. I'm finally starting to make some real progress, and those pages there are the crux of my formulations."

"What are they for?"

"Travel in the fourth dimension."

Taylor Knight
Jul 03, 2013 Taylor Knight rated it really liked it
I had this book on my TBR shelf for 3 years before I finally picked it up and I'm so glad I did.
I love this book right away. I loved the setting of the first few chapters and I absolutely loved Em. She was so funny and well written. I actually enjoyed all the characters. I thought they were are really cool and interesting.
This plot was a lot faster paced than I thought it was going to be so that took me by surprise. The first quarter of this book was really crazy and I couldn't put it down.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
All Our Yesterdays starts with one of the most impressive opening scenes I’ve come across in a very long time, possibly since Shatter Me. A drain in the floor seems like a very simple thing, but one that can become absolutely terrifying in the eyes of a prisoner. According to Cristin Terrill, it was this detail that prompted her to write the book in the first place, and it seems to have been an excellent place to start.

With that infamous drain in the very first sentence, getting pulled into Em’s
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[4.5 stars] All Our Yesterdays seems to garner mixed reactions from the amazing book bloggers I follow. Because it wasn’t getting across-the-board rave reviews, I decided to pass on it. I have to thank the marketing team at Netgalley for putting it back on my radar, because I absolutely loved it! It had me from the first page, and I set aside all my other books until I finished it (which is a rare thing for me, as I usually have about ten diff
Jul 16, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Brandi by: Emily May
Shelves: favorites

""You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart
Wow this book was utterly amazing. I know I’ve read some great reads this year, but All Our Yesterdays will definitely stand out from among the rest for a long time to come. What I loved most about this book was that I hardly knew anything about it before going into it. I read the blurb ages ago and was totally excited, but when I started reading I was utterly amazed and surprised with what Terrill had planned for us.

The basic crux of the story is time travel, two characters Em and Finn are dedi
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Wow. That was one fantastic ride.

Just so everyone knows, I love Time Travel stories. This adoration started after I read Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor, where a young woman finds a man from the 1500s transported in her time and she to his later. The idea of changing the future by going back to the pa
Rachel E. Carter
Nov 23, 2014 Rachel E. Carter rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
"There's always hope for us..."


Love, love, love that this was a standalone. The beginning was so dramatic which pulled me in right away (reminded me of the beginning of Shatter Me, I don't know why, I just love prison/dungeon scenes), and while a lot of things were predictable, the book was still a worthwhile read & really no boring parts. Loved Fin & Em and even, in some ways, James. I thought the action was perfect and the funeral scene at the end was great with the flashbacks with Fin
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

"James leans against the wall, letting it takes his weight. "You two agree on this?"
" I know, it's weird," Finn says. "I feel dirty."

All Our Yesterdays has been lingering in my mind for almost 2 years now. That's why it deserved a real review, even if talking about the plot is pretty challenging without spoiling anything. I tried my best, okay?

Let's talk about the plot....

... without really talking about the plot??

(yes, I can do this?)

*sharp intake of breath*

All Our Yesterdays brings us in a
Elise  (The Book Actress)

Solid 5 stars and I'm currently crying. It's rare to find a book with a plot that's so exhilarating you can't stop reading. It's even rarer to find a book with well-crafted characters and well-built relationships. This book had both.

This book is about... time travel? All Our Yesterdays opens with Em and Finn in a research studio, living in cells right next to each other, before they break out and pop into a time machine
Aug 07, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Our Yesterdays is I think the first book I've enjoyed despite the premise. I know that may sound like an odd thing to say, and maybe it's just me, but when I read the summary I really thought I was being promised a complex, mind-bending time travel plot. I mean, a girl travels back in time to stop a madman - that has Terminator written all over it, doesn't it? - but instead how Cristin Terrill handled the time travel made me want to travel back in time and erase the fact that I've read this. ...more
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
I hated this. No, wait, I loved this. No, no-I hated it....Right? Still, even after having finished a day and a half ago, I still don't know what I think of this book. It played with my heart on the deepest emotional level possible...and, for once, I don't know if that was a good thing.

Dealing with matters of the heart are messy. There is no way to make rational decisions when your heart is split down the middle-I believe that with my whole soul. And, believe it or not, I'm not even talking abo
Feb 12, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Thomas

Time is coming for us, and coming fast.

Time takes and gives so much. We age, change, hurt and love. Over time, we can lose ourselves. Lose sight of what we wanted to do or be in life. If you had the chance to look back four or five years, would you recognize yourself? What has time done to you? Would you shake your head and giggle or cringe at your decisions? I look back and see someone so open. I want to reach across time and yell, warn her to protect her heart. But what would that change? Who
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
“It’s a silly name. It’s the name of a fairy-tale princess who gets back everything she ever lost.”

3 1/2 stars. Despite the average rating, I actually quite enjoyed this.

All Our Yesterdays provides a cool time travel plot and lots of action. The very first page had me hooked - it opens in a cell, where Em is locked up and can only hear the voice of the boy, Finn, next door. The first action scene explodes when Em finds a package in a drain with instructions on how to escape.

Told in the point o
Bark's Book Nonsense
I’m going to keep this short and as sweet as I can because everyone seems to adore this story and sadly, I really didn’t. Before you beat me over the head with the fact that I am a moron who is too ignorant to follow a time-travel story, I have to say that I enjoyed both Stephen King’s 11/23/63 and The Time Traveler’s Wife so it wasn’t the time-travel bits that put me off. Those books worked for me because of the characters. Though this story has very strong characters and it was interesting to ...more
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jul 06, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) marked it as maybe-read

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.




So it's a book about time traveling...and there's a villain called the Doctor?



This book actually looks really good but
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3.5 stars

Full disclosure: I was obsessed with Back to the Future as a kid. The scene where Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly goes BACK to his present and sees how much better his world is because his dad is no longer an uptight nerd and his mom actually wanted to marry him vs. just settling? OMG, goosebumps every time.

I mean, what's not to love? We had cute Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as enigmatic, brilliant Doc, and, of course, the:

All Our Yesterdays is not like that. We don't have the DeLorean
Mar 06, 2013 Taschima rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, bea-2013
This book is just as good as the blurb makes it seem!


It is exciting and incredible. Quite honestly I devoured it. I read it a couple of weeks ago and I sometimes still catch myself thinking about it! How did she do it?! I am so SAD that it is a stand alone, these days the best ones always are and only the less than adequate are the ones with sequels. Sigh. Makes me sad, but at least I can re read the story whenever I want. That brings me comfort.

All our Yesterdays is the story of Em, a prisoner
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Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.
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“I tell her she's beautiful and perfect and she's going to be okay. I tell her she doesn't need to change herself to fit in with shallow girls or to matter to someone. I tell her everything I wish I had ever known. I tell her I love her, and I realize as I say it that I love me, too.” 119 likes
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