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Yesterday Is History

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  145 reviews
A romantic, heart-felt, and whimsical novel about letting go of the past, figuring out what you want in your future, and staying 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 1969, where he connec
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Kosoko Jackson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
YESTERDAY IS HISTORY was written because I wanted to write a book where a black boy is seen as a love interest. I wanted to explore things not often seen by black and queer authors - love triangles, adventures, coming of age stories that don't feature black pain. This is a story, about a boy who goes on a fantastic adventure, and finds himself along the way. He happens to be black, happens to be gay, and happen to extra ability.

Told from the POV of an African American queer boy, who t
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Okay, why the heck is no one talking about this??
Because OMG this sounds like the perfect recipe for A.W.E.S.O.M.E.N.E.S.S!!!

- time travel
- two timelines: 1969 and the present
- 1 MC & two boys as a possible love interest (m/m) – one magnetic the other guarded (guess that’s makes for some intriguing love triangle and I’m always down for those!)
- grief and loss rep
- self-discovery rep
- diversity!!!

And if that wasn’t already enough it plays in Boston! One of my fave cities!

I don’t know about you
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my full review at my blog, The Quiet Pond.

Ever read a book that just... burrows into your heart and makes a home there? Yesterday is History is that book for me. I adored this book; it made me ache and yearn and feel hope.

- Follows Andre, a Black teen and a cancer survivor, who inherits the ability to time travel after receiving a liver transplant. When he falls into the 1960’s, he meets a boy, and later feels torn between a love from the past and a new and unexpected one in the present.
- I
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fuck-yeahs
This love triangle broke my heart and I need to give Andre a hug! Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book was absolutely incredible. During Andre’s battle with hepatocellular carcinoma, he finally gets the call that his perfect liver match has been found. After he receives the transplant, strange things happen.... and Andre suddenly wakes up in 1969. Yes... his liver gave him the ability to TIME TRAVEL.

charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
thanks im sad

Rep: Black gay mc, gay lis, Black side characters

CWs: discussions of cancer
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Yesterday is History in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe it's because I've read a weird amount of incredible books centered around teenage organ donation recently, but Yesterday is History fell a little short for me.

Don't get me wrong, I love the premise. A teen cancer survivor undergoes an organ transplant only to find out that his organ donor was from a family of time travelers and now he can time travel too. Oh, also its a queer love story.
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and unfortunately I didn’t love this as much as I’d hoped.

The whole premise of the story is a teenager who has cancer and gets a liver transplant that just happens to give him the ability to time travel; that seems cool right? Right. The problem is...the time travel aspect of the story felt like nothing more than a method to push the plot forward. There was nothing exciting about it, Andre (the main character) only uses it to go back in tim
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Goodness, this book was fabulous! The premise alone sounded phenomenal to me, I love a time travel story, and I was eager to see how the author would weave it into a liver transplant. And it was magical. The story captured me from the very first page and never let go. This is one of those books that when I was not able to be reading it, I'd think about reading it. I shall try to do it ju
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
am i heartless? i don't know. this was a super cool concept but was very poorly executed. too much telling and little to no showing; frankly, the writing was just not very good. i kept wondering while reading, "do i not like this because it's a YA and i have grown out of the YA genre?" but that's not giving enough credit to YA. YA isn't inherently immature writing, or lacking in nuance. (view spoiler) ...more
 Gabriele | QueerBookdom
DRC provided by Sourcebooks via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Representation: Black gay protagonist, gay deuteragonists, Japanese-American queer tritagonist.

Content Warning: death, cancer, homophobia.

Yesterday Is History is Kosoko Jackson’s compelling science-fiction-imbued contemporary debut.

Andre Cobb is a smart, hard-working seventeen-year-old with a detailed plan for his future. A dent in the form of hepatocellular cancer derails it, though, and the tumour leaves him in dire ne
Omg this book is perfect! A wonderful mix of funny, sweet and heart-wrenching moments, with amazing characters and time travel!
A few months after receiving a liver transplant, Andre Cobb discovers that he now has the ability to travel through time. He finds himself in 1969, where he meets Michael, a boy around his age who shows him the importance of following his passions and that he doesn't have to do what everyone expects him to do. Back in the present, he is contacted by the McIntyres, the family of his donor. They explain that time traveling is a genetic gift, and enlist their second son, Blake, to help Andre learn ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read a Kosoko Jackson book for quite a while, and upon seeing the cover of his 2021 release "Yesterday is History" and reading the synopsis, I immediately put in a request for the book on NetGalley, and I was absolutely thrilled to be approved for an e-ARC copy of the book from SourceBooksFire, in exchange for an honest review.

"Yesterday is History" tells the story of Andre Cobb, a teenage cancer patient who receives a liver transplant, and with it, the unexpected gift of being ab
Meagan Durham
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely AMAZING. I went to start it while laying down for bed planning to read just a couple chapters and ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. Next thing I knew it was 3am and I felt broken and happy at the same time. This beautiful book captures time travel in such a new and unique way while also traveling the road of finding yourself and choosing your own paths in life. I loved every single character and found myself laughing and tearing up more than once through t ...more
Emily Rainsford
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Melissa F.
I'm going to hate leaving this review, but...

This book had a fantastic premise. A teenager gets a liver transplant, and with it, the ability to time travel like the donor had? YES PLEASE! Unfortunately, it was...rather poorly executed.

For one thing, the book needed at least double the length to make the emotional connections the author was going for. I couldn't buy a single second of either relationship because they seemed to come out of the blue, and not even in an instalove way, more like a "H
Lisa Mandina
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really blew me away! The idea of time travel is something that you don’t necessarily see a lot of in contemporary stories like this, since it is more of a science fiction plot. But the author mixed it throughout this story perfectly in a way that didn’t turn it into too far science-fiction, and kept the story really at a contemporary feel.

I really liked all of the characters, and for the most part they were very vivid and interesting. I wished for just a bit more with either his best f
Rebecca Crunden
Aug 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt-fiction, sci-fi
Oooh yes, I love time travel tales

Paloma Villasenor
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases
This is too cute omg!
i enjoyed this VERY very much!! i’ve read way too many books lately where i couldn’t care less about the characters and the romance, which definitely wasn’t the case here so, for that, i enjoyed it a lot

this was super fast paced, an easy and relatively quick read so it’s very much got me out of my (sort of) reading slump and has been a good first read of the year

i’m in half a mind to give it 4.5 - yet also 3.5 maybe??? so this rating will probably change a lot BUT let me tell you why that is, t
Ash Baker
Sighhh... It's been a month or two since I read this (thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC) and I have mixed feelings writing this review.


- I love the rather wacky premise of time-travel-via-donated-organ. I found the time travel element to be fun and exciting without being very sci-fi, if that makes sense? The story is rather grounded in contemporary reality, and focused on the character's relationships.

- This book was UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE for me. I could NOT stop reading i
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-mt-bookpile
Following Dre's journey from ordinary guy in need of a new liver to time traveller in love with two guys, one in 1969 and one today was interesting. At times it was really interesting, as he struggled to understand what was going on and how he was able to make these jumps, while at other times the history and rules about time travel felt a little messy. I also didn't quite connect with either Michael or Blake, and buying that Dre is in love with both is critical to understanding his dilemma. Dre ...more
John Amory
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-ya-lit
Time travel stories never make sense to me.

In this case, it didn't seem to make much sense to the author either, since his explanation for almost everything was, "lol I dunno."

Cool concept but way too many missed opportunities and inconsistencies.
may ✨
When I saw that this was about time travel, I instantly got excited. Time travel is one of my favorite themes in fiction for so many reasons. Because from one book to another, it’s never the same, it always works differently and it’s so interesting to see how the author works with the theme! Because it’s full of paradoxes and small details that, when you think about them, are completely uncertain and defy the laws of physics. It’s beyond logical thinking and gives the writer the opportunity to b ...more
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
This was a cute time travel book with a love triangle. I really liked the idea that an organ donation could carry a secret time traveling gene that would pass onto the recipient. What a great idea! I also liked seeing a sweet Black boy who is gay as the protagonist because not enough of those stories exist.

So why only 3 stars? I think it's because it felt a little jumpy to me (no pun intended). Things seemed to happen way too fast in regards to time travel and Dre's relationships with Michael a
Ryan Theodrith
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, in my British literature class, I used to start the semester off with a question meant to inspire the imagination. I would ask my students when and where they would travel in time. My personal go-to has always been the stone age so I missed the potential implications for BIPOC. One semester, I had a few students call me out on it and I have since stopped that question.

This book answers that question through the lens of a Black
Laura Gardner
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Andre gets a liver transplant that saves his life, he discovers he has the ability to time travel! This is surprising and more than a little weird. It’s also somewhat dangerous. Andre is Black and doesn’t feel safe when he time travels back to 1960s Boston. Then things get even stranger when the family of the deceased organ donor contacts him to help him learn how to time travel safely. Andre’s time travel seems to be tethered to one person, Michael, a young man who lives in his same house ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yesterday Is History
by Kosoko Jackson
Pub Date: 02 Feb 2021
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Romantic. Not corny teenage romance from an adult's perspective, but true, selfish, selfless romance. And time travel. And the blurring of societal boundaries. And romance.

I was sorry this story ended but was so glad to have experience it. Andre and Blake and Michael were gay young men whose love triangle was complicated but real. The author didn't exaggerate or stereotype in order for the
Elizabeth Mellen
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely time travel romance, I enjoyed this a lot. It was easy to just pick up and fly through it, the characters were interesting, and the premise of hereditary time travel abilities drew me right in. The romance was complicated by time and I really appreciated how clear it was made that falling for someone from a different time would be HARD. Definitely recommend if you love time travel, queer love stories, love triangles, and diverse characters.
Danielle Driscoll
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Whew. This was a really enjoyable and emotional debut from Kosoko Jackson!

He makes this story fun yet heartbreaking, humorous yet serious. I was crying by the end.

4 stars because I wish he had just made it all a little longer. Certain aspects needed a deeper dive, and they would’ve heightened both the emotions and the stakes. Overall it was just really a great book to read about what it means to “try to be a good person” and the importance of truly living for yourself.
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Born and raised in the DC Metro Area, Kosoko Jackson has worked in non-profit communications for the past four years. His debut, YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, comes out 2021 by SourcebooksFire.

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