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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
"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."- summary from Amazon

Lisa Schroeder is one of my favorite verse novelists and I've loved her since her first book. Anytime a new one is released, I want it. Her verse is so lyrical, poignant, and tells a wonderful, emotional story in such brevity. This book is no different.

I really liked that she focused the vast majority of the whole story just on Amber and Cade and their interactions. The reader really gets to know these characters inside and out. Their connection is real and even though it's only a 24 hour period, Schroeder makes it feel realistic. Their souls are bared to each other and they really get to know each other and what's beyond the surface. It's not everything obviously, but it's a heck of a start.

The verse is interspersed with these letters from an unknown couple to Amber and figuring out who they were was one of the reasons I kept reading. Who are these people? Why do they want her? It does get explained and it's definitely a twist. I liked how Schroeder handled that kind of situation too and it really raises some questions. I can't say what kind of questions though because that would be spoilery and I try to stay away from that in my reviews. But if you've read it, you should know what I'm talking about. The ending was done really well too and I liked it a lot.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I strongly urge everyone (if you like verse, that is) to check it out when it's released June 28.

FTC: Received eGalley from S&S Galley Grab. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. Ahh I can't wait to read this one. I have not read any of her other books but I have been meaning to. I think I will start with this one. Great review!

  2. I have money set aside for this and for forever by maggie stivaoter
    I loved "chasing brooklyn" so so so much and this book the day before sounds like how I feel a lot and I love her verse novels