All Our Yesterdays- Cristin Terrill

Goodreads Summary:

What would you change?

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 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.

Marina has loved her best friend, James, since 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, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it… at least, not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.


I have been trying a new thing lately.  I try to jot down a few sentences of my thoughts on a book on Goodreads since it has been taking me a while to get around to writing reviews.  My notes are pretty awful, but sometimes they jog my memory about things I want to elaborate on in a review.  Well, I went back and read my Goodreads review for All Our Yesterdays and well, it is much different that what I was going to sit down and write in this review!  Upon finishing All Our Yesterdays, I mostly liked the story and thought it had interesting themes, though it didn’t wow me.  A typical good, but not great sort of feeling/rating from me.  Looking back on it now, all I can think is that it wasn’t very special at all and that I remember next to nothing about it.  It’s kind of like I didn’t even read it.  So.  That’s a depressing sum up of my feelings, but yeah, I think this is worth checking out from the library if like the idea of a smash up of time travel, dystopia, and YA romance.  Otherwise, skip it.  Or read it and completely forget everything about it 3 weeks later.

This has been my short and somewhat scathing review of a book I supposedly liked.


5 thoughts on “All Our Yesterdays- Cristin Terrill

  1. This made me giggle! I’m so guilty of doing this… I think I liked a book but then when I go back to my notes I realize that maaaaaybe I did not? But I think it’s the worst when the book is pretty forgettable and you can’t remember a single thing you felt about it!

    • Yeah, it’s so strange to sit down and write about a book and to realize, hmm, maybe it wasn’t as great as I thought. Haha, glad I’m not the only one with this problem!

  2. I have a tendency to rate books highly right after I finish them, then go back a day or two later and lower the rating a bit after I’ve had a chance to reflect. I own this book, but I haven’t read it yet. Sorry to hear it was a bit “meh” for you!

    • Audiobooks are hard for me to rate. I use them as entertainment during tedious tasks (commuting, cleaning) so I usually enjoy them because they’re better than what I’m doing, but I don’t digest them quite as well as I do paper books. This wasn’t bad, just nothing special, and it’s kind of sad to try to write a review for something like that!

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