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A 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 unexpected...in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael
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Hardcover, 302 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)  ·  review of another edition
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 have...an extra ability.

Told from the POV of an African American queer boy, who t
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Kai Spellmeier
A gay love triangle across time. Sounds amazing, right? And yet I can't help but feel disappointed in this book.

I love the premise and I love the cover design but I didn't fall in love with any of the characters. I liked the main character okay and I liked that he was still trying to figure out who he was and what he wanted from the future. But I think that's the problem here, the book doesn't really know what it wants either. It's a love story, kind of, and a time travel story, kind of, but it
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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.
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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
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Natalie
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
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
Creya
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

While
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charlotte,
“Make me your tether,” he says. “Think of me when you go, think of me when you want to return. I’ll be here for you. I’ll be there with you. I’ll make sure you come back in once piece. I promise.”


On my blog.

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

CWs: discussions of cancer

Galley provided by publisher

You know those books that you’re reading and enjoying, and then some way through you’re hit with the realisation that it’s going to make you cry? That is Yesterday is History.

The boo
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Jessica
I picked this up because Starlahreads was raving about it and I was excited to see my Hoopla had the audiobook. This one is about a boy named Andre who just received a liver transplant. With his transplant, though, comes the ability to time travel and Andre finds himself traveling back to the 1960s and meeting a boy who lives in the house Andre currently lives with his family. The two start falling for each other, but Andre is trying to understand where his powers come from as he starts to also ...more
Melissa F.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
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
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Anniek
Normally I do my best to read books critically, but with this one I was mostly "no thoughts, head empty, vibes only". I did enjoy this for the most part, mainly because I really like contemporary books with a time travelling element. But I really wanted a little more from this - I found it lacked some substance. ...more
Carol
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing "simple" about this book. It can be best described as a contemporary love story...a novel of time travel...and a story about a young gay black man at the center of a fairly unconventional love triangle. I'm not a fan of books that are described as sci-fi or time travel...but then, some books just aren't done proper justice on a list of themes, subjects, or genres, and Yesterday is History is certainly one of them. I had read Jackson's book I'm So (Not) Over You last month and ab ...more
Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
A four-star rating it would be. In my opinion, this book is a little rushed and should be longer, at least fifty pages or so. But my thumb just tapped five beautiful ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, and I don’t think I’m able to change that. Because I adored this story!! It’s sweet, vibrant, and stunning, and I loved Dre, Michael, and Blake so, so much!

Yesterday is History is incredibly easily readable, and I didn’t want to stop. As a kid, I hated first-person/present tense writing. Then, as an adult, I did a 180 ...more
Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yesterday Is History was such a fun book to dive into. Sometimes time travel and I don't really get along but this book was just really enjoyable. I liked getting to know Andre, Michael and Blake. Even though this was a love triangle, and I'm not a huge fan of those, these three somehow made it cute. I think the whole time different probably made it more enjoyable to me but it also made it super hard to figure out who to sh
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 ⛅ Sunny (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
4.25 stars!

What initially drew me into reading Yesterday Is History was the plot. I was looking for a book that would make me 💫feel something💫, and I’m happy to say that it delivered! This debut novel is the heart-wrenching and emotional read I needed. I was ecstatic to find that the time travel concept wasn’t confusing either!

Unfortunately though, the main character Andre was a bit insufferable. What really annoyed me was how everyone, including himself, kept on saying that he was a ‘smart boy.
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Marci
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yesterday is History tells the tale of Andre Cobb. Andre needs a new liver due to having a form of cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma. After getting his liver transplant, Andre faces quite a large side effect...the ability to time travel! Through thoughtful and poignant first person narration, Kosoko Jackson made me feel as though I jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool and finally came up for air by the end of the book. By this I mean I was blissfully unaware of everything around me, ...more
It's Jess✨
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When a book can make you cry - it's a good book!


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I really have no critique besides that I wish the story was longer. I truly understood and felt the love Michael and Andre had. The relationship between Blake and Andre felt a little rush, especially because we only saw them arguing and skipped over the 10 months of them bonding. I wish I could have seen more moments so I could enjoy their love story. I'll accept that Andre's future is just beginning and that his life is full of hope and op
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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
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Sheena
Yesterday Is History is a short read with romance and time travel. It also discusses cancer, racism, and LGBTQ without making it the sole focus of the book. I loved that Jackson made a gay black boy the main love interest in the middle of a love triangle because that is so rare. It wasn’t really a love triangle because it’s kind of obvious who Andre is more drawn to and Thank God for that since I don’t like love triangles.

There are some inconsistencies that made the story a little confusing but
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eli ♡
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the premise of "Yesterday Is History", but it fell a little short for me. They said that the time traveling is genetic, which is fine, but then both of the parents can do it? I didn't know if they were inbred or what, because it sounded like it said that there was only one family that could do it, and then it changed a couple of times throughout. The main characters get ang
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Matthew
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laurence
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
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Aly
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was great! It had so much emotion, was sweet and sad and well written. The pacing is good and I couldn't get enough of Andre, Michael, and Blake. Be prepared to shed a few tears when you check this one out!

Andre is recovering from a life saving liver transplant when he discovers that he's inherited the ability to time travel. He journeys back to 1969 and meets Michael and they immediately click. I loved their relationship and it made it so difficult because how could they possibly be t
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Hester
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely one of the best contemporaries I've read this year!! I loved the entire plot honestly, it really dragged me in for the full ride. Normally I'm very against love triangles, I never enjoy them, but this time? Oof, it was done so so well. Really loved this! ...more
Ms. B
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Time travel + a love triangle = Yesterday is History = (fun) x (entertaining) x (logical)
Chris
Oct 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
There's just something about time travelling stories that really have an emotional impact on me. This one was good and I was pleased with the straightforward writing style. I was emotionally invested with the main character and was so interested in where it was going that I managed to fly through it.

My complaints here are mainly related to it's length. It all kind of felt very rushed. I think that you literally could have doubled its length and it still wouldn't have felt dragged out. There was
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Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

Review:
This was cute, bittersweet, a tiny bit heartbreaking, and touching all at once, and it almost made me cry.

This is one of those "teens with teen problems but also magic/powers" books, though this one was heavier on the powers (time travel) and mostly focused on that and romance, though it did touch upon some teen struggles like graduating and pressure from parents about college and careers. It also touched upon a lot of heavier topics without getting too heavy, including cancer and
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Vianne
Okay! This was an absolute delight!

In a nutshell, Yesterday is History follows Andre Cobb, a teen who unexpectedly gains the ability to time travel following a life-saving liver transplant. When he jumps back to the 1960s, he meets and begins to fall for a boy named Michael. At the same time, he begins to connect to Blake, the brother of the dead boy who gave him his liver.

This book had the perfect combination of important messages, sweet romance, and teenage shenanigans. The vibe and tone this
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Jonathan David Pope
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars (rounded to 4)

A time travelling love story featuring a Black queer protagonist, count me in. I honestly think Yesterday is History was a pretty good story. I enjoyed reading about Dre hopping between the past and the present, grappling with these budding relationship with both Michael and Blake. What I will say is, I don’t think Blake was a good match for Dre. He was disrespectful on many occasions (they fell out multiple times over the course of this novel) and he kind of crushed a
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Alex Nonymous
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.
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Andrew
Andre Cobb has just received a liver transplant. In the aftermath, he finds himself transported back to 1969 and meets Michael. Just as suddenly, he returns to modern day to be told by the donors' family that he's a time traveler. Complications arise between the family's teen son, Blake, begrudgingly serving as Andre's time-traveling trainer, and Andre's visits to Michael in the past. Time travel gives Andre new thoughts about who he wants to be, what he wants his future to be and how the future ...more
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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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