The Day Before

The Day Before
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
June 28, 2011
ISBN
978-1442417434
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One moment can change everything.

Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him.  And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last.

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Lisa Schroeder's Fans Will Love This
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3.3
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
Amber has planned a day to herself, full of things she loves, because tomorrow her entire world will change. Early into her adventure, she meets Cade, who is also on a mission to live this day to the fullest. Both hide secrets about what they're running away from, but it doesn't prevent their attraction from growing. When Amber and Cade finally open about their lives, they are able to see the possibilities that lie before them.

THE DAY BEFORE is the third novel in verse that I have read by Lisa Schroeder, and the first that does not involve a dead boyfriend. I wonder if that was what was missing for me! While the book wasn't a complete wash, it was what I would consider "bathroom reading". It's entertaining to read as you brush your teeth and dry your hair; it's a book that is easy to put down, but you are happy to pick it back up. THE DAY BEFORE doesn't leave a residue the way Schroeder's other books do.

It isn't without merit; Amber is a likable protagonist and doesn't fit into the typical mold of a romantic heroine. Unfortunately, with only a day in her life, she isn't as developed as I would have liked. Schroeder develops both Amber and Cade's problems slowly, and it took me a long time to figure out what there problems were. It's always nice to be surprised.

Still, this is a book for Lisa Schroeder's die-hard fans, of which there are many. Everybody else should stick to CHASING BROOKLYN.
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I love novels in verse.
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Another Awesome Verse Novel!
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
What made me keep turning the page?

The mystery behind Amber and Cade’s separate stories
Discovering bit by bit what it was “the day before”
The chemistry between Amber and Cade
Being able to put myself in Amber’s shoes
The believability of the story and characters, even though the story was unimaginable
The tribute to music and movies
The awesome setting of the beach

Some of My Favorite Quotes:

"Oftentimes
when I read a book,
I want to savor
each word,
each phrase,
each page,
loving the prose
so much,
I don't want it
to end.
Other times
the story pulls me in,
and I can hardly
read fast enough,
the details flying by,
some of them lost
because all that matters
is making sure
the character
is all right
when it's over."
"There is something
comforting
about a lighthouse.
In the dark of the night,
hold on to the light,
and you’ll get
back home safely.
I need a personal lighthouse."

Any complaints?

Nope!

Recommendation:

YA Contemporary Fans

Final Thoughts…
Ok, if you read my previous review you will see I’m on a Lisa Schroeder kick here; and if you have ever read any of Lisa’s books you will know why! (Plus I have two more coming in the mail). The Day Before was fantastic! It had everything I love in a book: a strong female (with a problem nobody would want), a swoon worthy boy (who doesn’t want to burden the strong female with his problem…at least at first), a sweet romance, and lessons learned about life. This book was lyrical and so meaningful! The author addresses what it really means to be lucky. She shows us that sometimes it takes another person’s perspective to make us understand how lucky we really are, despite our problems.
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