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Yesterday Is History

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Author: Kosoko Jackson

  • One of PopSugar's Best New YA Novels of 2021
  • A Buzzfeed Top LGBTQ+ YA Book
  • A Lambda Literary YA Book to Add to Your TBR Pile
  • A Goodreads Pride Month Pick

An epic, heartfelt romance about a boy torn between two loves, one in his present ... and one in the past. A story of Black queer history, love, loss, and learning to stay 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 connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect--the ability to time travel. And they've tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift.

Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre's donor, keeps him at arm's length despite their obvious attraction to each other.

Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs--and more importantly who he wants to be--before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.

"Fast-paced, fun, and perfect."--Laurie Halse Anderson, NYT bestselling author of Speak

"This book was absolutely incredible."--Creya, Goodreads reviewer

"Tears, man. So. Many. Tears."--Marci, Goodreads reviewer

"Oh my goodness. This book y'all. I'm a mess."--Netgalley reviewer

* A Junior Library Guild Selection!

"A stellar novel that today's teens needed yesterday."--Booklist, STARRED review

"Charming and captivating."--Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us

"A clever and honestly brilliant novel."--Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions

"A skillful and engrossing time-travel adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling and memorable...[a] gem of a novel."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"In his YA debut, Jackson has a great gimmick as well as a likeable protagonist who faces sociocultural realities across time."--Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 02/02/2021
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.88lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781492694342
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.4
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 512975 / Yesterday Is History

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 12/21/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2021
Booklist 02/01/2021 pg. 49
Shelf Awareness 02/26/2021
School Library Journal 04/16/2021 pg. 1

About the Author
Jackson, Kosoko: - Born and raised in the DC Metro Area, and currently living in Brooklyn, Kosoko Jackson is a digital media strategist for non-profit organizations; which enables his Twitter obsession. Occasionally, his personal essays have been featured on Medium, Thought Catalog, and The Advocate. When not searching for an extra hour in the day, he can be found obsessing over movies or drinking his (umpteenth) London Fog. He is the author of Survive the Dome and Yesterday is History. Visit him at

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