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The Fingerprint of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

Three reasons why ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is different from anything else you’ve read, in picture form.

 

1. There are six prominent characters, but they’re made up of only three people.

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2. The main character was inspired by equal parts killer robot from the future and privileged girl who pretends to be mean so long she actually becomes mean.

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3. The story was developed using a top-secret plotting formula revealed here for the first time.

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Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight.

If You Like ____, Try ALL OUR YESTERDAYS!

So, I’m usually pretty good at comp titles. My friends always ask me to help with theirs, but it’s a LOT harder to do it for your own book, so I turned the tables on them.

My first, best comparison came from my agent’s amazing intern, and it’s what we used for the pitch to publishers. She said my book was like:

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This was a much better and much more succinct description than the one I was using, which was:

“Well, it’s kind of like The Terminator if Arnold was the good guy and instead of robots there was, like, angsty teens and lots of kissing.”

As for other YA books whose readers might like All Our Yesterdays, here’s what my friends had to say:

ImageSarah: “Tempest by Julie Cross. For the time travel (duh), the thriller feel, the besieged romance, and the nefarious government involvement.”

ImageCopil: “Variant by Robison Wells, because both have science fiction elements (without it being in-your-face), both have a shady organization behind the scenes, and both have a core mystery about just what the heck is going on.”

ImageRick: “Holly Black’s Curse Workers series, for the grim and moody atmosphere and extraordinary things happening in a world that feels like our own.”

So what’s All Our Yesterdays actually about? How convenient that you asked!

Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight.

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