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All Of Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – Review





Author: Cristin Terrill

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover, 360 pages

Published Date: September 3rd 2013

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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.


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adri's review


“…the world doesn’t get changed without people getting hurt.”

This book…wow… I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. It is so thought-provoking and deep and meaningful. I feel like it carries such an important lesson of self-respect. It oscillates between past (Marina) and present (Em) point of views of the same person. It’s a first-person narrative, but it’s not annoying in the least. Usually I tend to avoid first-person point of views but it works so well here.

I loved Marina. She’s a normal teenage girl with an enormous crush on her neighbor, James. She is self-conscious and uncertain and tries her best to fit in. Marina can be mean and snarky- but in the best way. There was just so much to her and we get to see such a great character development. Some novels emphasize too much on a character’s “strength” in an attempt to make them come out fierce, but it all comes naturally for this main character. The author didn’t have to mention several times how she kicks butts or gives a snide remark; Marina simply comes out strong in all ways possible. In fact, she might be the strongest character I’ve ever read about.

The romance – I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t say much, but it was very complicated and real and so heart-breaking. I felt each character’s pain. It was an intense ride and I loved each snippet of it.

There is time-travel, action and suspense. Especially towards the end you’ll be at the edge of your seat, brain scrambling to predict how this complex mess would be resolved- all for vain since you’d probably never see it coming (to be honest). At the root of it all, though, is the pain of unrequited love, loyalty, family, unfairness of prejudice, friendship, sacrifice and grief. All these things are what make up this one unforgettable book.


about author

cristinCristin 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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4 thoughts on “All Of Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – Review

    1. Yeah books that touch on matters like these are the best kinds. They feel very real and hit close to home. You should definitely read it when you can and I hope you enjoy it when you do!!

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