The Day Before

The Day Before

by Lisa Schroeder


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From the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, an irresistibly romantic novel in verse.

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.
Told in verse and brimming with raw emotion and pure romance, this is a gracefully woven tale of life-changing secrets and unexpected friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442417441
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 606,410
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lisa Schroeder is the author of the teen verse novels The Day Before; I Heart You, You Haunt Me and its companion novel, Chasing Brooklyn; Far from You; and the teen prose novel Falling for You. She is also the author of the middle grade prose novels It’s Raining Cupcakes, Sprinkles and Secrets, and Frosting and Friendship. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Find out more about Lisa and her books at or on Twitter at @Lisa_Schroeder.

Read an Excerpt

a different kind of day

Some mornings,
it’s hard to get
out of bed.

Sleep lures you
like a stranger
with a piece of candy.

Follow me.
It will be okay.
I promise.

You know better,
but still you follow,
because you really do
love candy.

When you finally
open your eyes,
late for everything
and your whole day
you curse that bastard,
Mr. Sandman.

It’s happened to me
a hundred times.
But not today.

Today was different.

Anticipation is the best
alarm there is, and it shook
me awake before
my phone even had
the chance.

As I move around my room
with my iPod on and earbuds in,
my girl P!nk sings strong,
and I feel like I have

The power to
let myself go,
let myself be,
let myself live
the next
twenty-four hours
in a way
I have never lived

© 2011 Lisa Schroeder

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The Day Before 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Most of us go through life confident of who we are, who our parents are, and our place in the world. What if one day, however, someone we've never heard of dies and our whole life changes? Nothing is what it seems, and we're not even who we thought we were. Through letters and beautiful verse author Lisa Schroeder's new novel, THE DAY BEFORE, follows the story of Amber, a girl faced with such a situation. In Amber's own words she calls it "the last day of my before. The day before all changes forever." In a few but perfectly chosen words, Amber's story unfolds. Each verse carries the reader along with Amber, as she discovers the truth about herself. Along the way she meets Cade, a boy with a story of his own. The two teens have a lot in common: he writes songs; she plays in a band. They both are also on a journey that neither looks forward to, but that they have to do. Amber and Cade spend the day together, going to the beach, getting acquainted, kissing, and perhaps falling in love. Will Amber's after be as good as her before? Will Cade's story have a happy ending? THE DAY BEFORE is a story about friendship, family, hope, and of doing your best when life gets tough. The rhythm of the verses, the spare words, the language, simple yet touching, make Ms. Schroeder's novel a must read. I enjoyed my journey with the two teens, waiting to see how their stories would turn out. I think you'll enjoy it too. Recommended for everyone who loves a novel with characters that will make you examine your own life for those little moments of decision that affect your entire life. This is a book you'll want to read over and over. I plan to read it again. ### ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic love story potrayed in a way never presented before.I recommend this book to teens and preteens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most moving beautiful book yet
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
The Day Before is the second book I¿ve read and enjoyed by Lisa Schroeder. The first book was I Heart You, You Haunt Me, which I really liked. The Day Before is a touching, lyrical read that kept me guessing until the end. There aren¿t too many characters to follow in the book. I found the two main characters, Amber and Cade, to be very likeable. I enjoyed their relationship together, how they were there for each other, even though they had only known each other a short while. Both had a major issue going on in their life, which ends up bonding them together. I connected more with Amber than I did with Cade, but I¿m assuming that is because it¿s her story, and we don¿t know as much about Cade as we do Amber. The book is written in verse, and changes times from present to past. I didn¿t have a hard time with it at all. The story was beautifully written, and easy to follow. The book was also a really quick read. I had it finished in about 2 hour¿s time. I really like the cover for the book as well, it¿s gorgeous. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. It will definitely be a welcome addition to my collection.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Two hours was all it took me to read THE DAY BEFORE. Such a small amount of time for a lot of work put into a book. The story was easy to read, because the formatting is very loose and it is written in verse. Each chapter is only a few pages long, with a headline comparable to the title of a poem. It’s fascinating how only a few words have the power to form such a rhyming story like THE DAY BEFORE and it surprised me that I actually liked my first verse novel. The problematic- familiar and emotional- situations of protagonists Amber and Cade were supported well by the writing, but the shortness of the story itself made it difficult for them to be characters that’d stick with me for a long time. Amber’s and Cade’s feelings are part of the poetic verse. They are rash and their justification grows out of the moment they are born. It isn’t very realistic to form such a strong bond in only a few hours, but that’s poetry, making things possible that aren’t in a world with gravity. So they've got one day before everything changes. Amber and Cade make the best out of it. They aren’t alone in their fears anymore and I just love how much comfort they could give each other. Maybe there doesn’t always need to be sense and consideration, time and knowledge to feel connected to another person in such a deep way. The problems troubling the two teens really felt important and I wish I would have had more time to follow them and their growing friendship and love story. THE VERDICT 3,5/5 ***/* THE DAY BEFORE – Poetic & admirable. Deep in meaning, swift and light in form and style!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a love story written & told like never before. Its an amazing view on life and how love at first sight can happen. It was an amazing book i couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
all readers of this book should automatically love this book.The plot the everything!!!!!!!!!!
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my blogImagine Kristin Hannah or Jodi Picoult writing in Verse. The Day Before reminded me of the emotion and heartbreaking story lines you read by them but Lisa Schroeder does it with lyrical ease that captures your heart.The Day Before is about Amber and Cade meeting and spending the day having fun. This was there promise to each other, no discussing the problems in their life that they were obviously running away from. I enjoyed the simplistic way they met and how they just allowed the day to happen. Both dealing with some hard responsibilities but enjoying the day before the inevitable.A favourite part of the story that added another unique style to her Verse novels were the letters intertwined in the story. These captured the intensity of Amber's dilemma and we are kept in suspense on Cade's dilemma which worked out well.This story was just lovely.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amber needs a day all to herself. Her life was turned upside down the day she learned she was switched at birth. The court has ordered that her current parents share custody with her birth parents, and tomorrow she is to fly to Texas and spend six months with them. She will leave the only parents she¿s ever known, her sister and her friends to live with perfect strangers. She arranges for a limo to drive her to the beach and sneaks out early in the morning to go off by herself and spend the day alone in her favorite place on earth.While walking through the aquarium she meets Cade, a cute boy who is also hiding from something. They end up spending the day together, and agree that they won¿t ask questions about what they are hiding from. They¿re just going to enjoy the day at the beach, hiding from their troubles. As they day progresses they both end up finding in each other something they¿ve been looking for. And as the time ticks away, they realize that eventually they are going to have to say goodbye. As Amber faces leaving the only life she¿s ever known, and Cade marches forward toward an uncertain future, they do their best to make the most of the time they have together.The premise of Lisa Schroeder¿s The Day Before was very intriguing. The book is written in verse and is told from Amber¿s point of view, spattered with letters between Amber and her birth parents. The story moves quickly, and the author does a wonderful job of fleshing out her characters and situations in limited words. My biggest problem with this novel was how quickly and easily Amber and Cade fell in love. It was almost immediate, and I couldn¿t buy into it which is why I only gave it three stars.(Review copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster via GalleyGrab)
YABliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some books are meant to be thought-provokingSome are meant to steer up emotionsSome are just meant to be entertainingAnd some, like this one,are meant to make you smile, and appreciate.If you've read Lisa's books,you know what I'm talking about.She always creates real characters,Facing difficult momentsBeautiful stories, written in verse.So this book is about the important things in life,the things that really count,the moments that take your breath away,the things you love,that make it all worth it.And it's SO fitting becausethe pleasure I got from reading thiswas like the sweetest candy everthe richest hot cocoa everthe most beautiful sunset ever.
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I immediately wanted to read The Day Before once I saw the cover a few months ago. It's pretty gorgeous, right? The summary sounded like something I would enjoy, too, so win-win. But then I read that the book was written in verse... Not exactly my cup of tea. That is to say, I hadn't read anything in that writing style in recent memory. After that, I was hesitant to get to it, but I decided to dive in anyway, hoping for the best!No doubt, Lisa Schroeder's writing is gorgeous and I think the use of verse helped with the urgency of the story she was telling. The fast pace kept me turning the pages, wanting to uncover the details of the situations Amber and Cade were dealing with. On the other hand, though, this style also held me back from making a genuine connection with the characters. There are glimpses of their personalities, and the two form a very touching bond, but diving into their backgrounds left me feeling a little apathetic. For Amber there were a few letters every now and then that shed a little more light on her plight, allowing for empathy from me, but Cade was difficult to relate to. I'm used to reading so many details about the characters I'm reading about that the ones here were a little too sparse for my liking. Other readers may not find issue with the subtly of this book, but I definitely needed more to feel any of its emotional impact.When all is said and done, I'm glad I gave this book a try! Despite any problems I may have run into, I do plan on picking up future reads that are written in verse. Reading The Day Before was an interesting experience and, who knows, maybe I'll grow to appreciate this style separately from what I'm used to.
suz.haugland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this novel a few weeks ago and I came away from the reading experience with two things, 1.) it was my first time to read a novel in verse and 2.) I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The words and imagery just seemed to flow so smoothly and effortlessly, it was quite beautiful. Even though the insta-love Amber had for Cade had me scratching my head, becuase she'd only known him for pretty much all of one day, there was a tenderness that it seemed to possess that gave it a very realistic feel. There was a vulerability in The Day Before that resonated with me, it was a very easy read, as I said before the words just seemed to float easily and gracefully from one page to the next, the prose was well developed, and it was easy to feel with the characters instead of just for them. The novel possessed a means of escapism, for both Amber and Cade, which I can understand and relate to in a sense. The fear of one life being lost and another one being uprooted against her wishes, left me longing for them to find some semblance of peace and happiness, even if for just one day. It made me want the happy ending. All in all, I really did enjoy this book and I find that I can easily give it four stars without any qualms.Note: I received this book through a Simon&Schuster Galley Grab.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve always loved Schroeder¿s writing. If you¿ve read her book¿s you know how beautiful it is. It¿s written in verse but it has so much emotional impact on the characters part. The characters are so full of emotion, in the beginning I was trying to figure out exactly what was going on with Amber. We get little glimpse of it from the letters her birth parents send. Amber is put in a tough spot dealing with her real parents (the ones who raised her) and her birth parents fighting for custody. Amber feels like she has no control over the situation. She meets Cade who is kind of in the same boat. There¿s always a chance and a choice. Amber and Cade are such genuine characters, faced with really mature choices. They handle them really well. As I was reading I totally forget it was written in verse. It didn¿t make the characters have any less depth than any other book. Amber and Cade have only known each other for a day, but they¿re full of compassion and understanding. In a way they kind of help each other out, but in the end they already know what to do, even though the decision might be frightening and unfamiliar.I can think of countless times where I¿ve felt like I have no control over something, faced with a tough decision. That¿s what makes this book so relate-able, and the fact that Lisa make¿s these characters so real, is unbelievable, I¿m so attached to them. The Day Before is delightful, the characters that will capture your heart, leaving you wondering how their doing, especially with the decisions that were made.Hopefully they doing well... Another great book from Schroeder!
l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Facing a life-changing event, Amber decides to take a day for herself. This book covers this one day Amber uses to spend some alone time at the beach. She doesn't spend it too alone however, as she soon meets Cade. They are instantly drawn to each other, and they are both spending a day trying to forget what the next day will bring.This was a very enjoyable book. I found the characters to be introspective without being unrealistically self-aware. They felt very much like teenagers faced with these events. I believed their connection. It felt organic and real. I felt for them and the choices they were facing. Many times when you see this immediate connection between two characters, things feel very rushed. I think the author did a good job of making it realistic though.This book is written in verse, which I think brought an interesting angle to the usual young adult story. This makes the book an extremely quick read, but I don't feel it suffer from the use of verse. In fact, I think that's one of the books strengths. There's a certain beauty to the starkness of the words. So much story and emotion is told in so few words. This book is proof that it's not the number of words you use but the power behind those words that matter.Galley provided by publisher for review.
Krissy724 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holy crap, how have I never read anything from Lisa Schroeder before! I need to own everything she has written like NOW! The Day Before is beautifully written, with a wonderful message and great characters! I read it under two hours and was late for my grad class because I had to finish it!The book begins with Amber, leaving her home and spending the day by herself at the beach. The reader has no idea why she is doing this. While there, she meets a boy named Cade, also alone and the two of them find comfort in each other. The next day, both of their lives will change forever, so today is going to be about doing things they have never done and enjoying the moment while it lasts. We slowly learn what Cade and Amber are dealing with, both things being impossible to even imagine. I really loved Cade and Amber¿s characters. They were extremely well written and Schroeder had me hooked as soon as I met them.This novel was written in verse, and I thought the only author that could pull this off, and pull it off well was Ellen Hopkins. Boy was I wrong! Schroeder¿s writing is beautiful and she is able to convey so many feelings and emotions in so little words.This book needs to be read as soon as humanly possible. Everything about The Day Before was wonderful. I can not gush about the awesomeness of this book anymore, it just needs to be added to your To-Be-Read Pile!The Day Before comes out June 28th, 2011.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so heart wrenching. At first when I began to read it, I was confused. You were immediately dumped into the characters shoes, feeling hostile. As I kept reading, Ms. Schroeder began to unravel secrets little by little, making me finish this book in a mer amount of hours. I simply adore it!The plot is simply fantastic! At times, I do get disappointed when the reader is dumped in the middle of what the character is going through and you have to read more and more to figure out what is going on. In this book, it just works that way. I like spending time on the beach with Amber and feeling invincible. She wanted nothing to do with whats was going to happen tomorrow, just what was happening now. I liked the way she didn't let those things get in her head.Meeting the new character Cade was a great touch. Both of them had a great understanding of each other and did not push one another. What they needed is an escape from what they were facing and were a great comfort to each other. I think overall, they form a type of relationship, no, a secret place in which they can go to in one another. The trouble that they were both facing, was nothing what I was expected. As the reader, I felt for them and their anger. Two young teens facing such a hard decisions, now I can understand their need to get away. Heck, I wanted to get away myself!The Day Before, is a great, fast, read that keeps you on your toes. Ms. Schroeder did an excellent job capturing the voice of two teenagers struggling with real life issues. Nothing is fake. The plot, the writing, and the way Ms. Schroeder connected it all had me holding me breath.
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amber is overwhelmed with life¿s demands and needs a day alone at the beach to process her thoughts. It is the day before a dreaded life-changing event is occurring. Her day at the beach goes in an unexpected direction when she meets Cade, someone who also seems to be running away from something. They decide to keep their secrets to themselves and to just spend the perfect day together before facing tomorrow¿s realities. The more they get acquainted though, the more Amber¿s concern grows about what Cade is hiding. Will their perfect beach day stay carefree or does fate have other plans?The Day Before is written in verse, like the author¿s other books for young adults. I admit, at first I was uneasy about reading a book written in verse, and thought the style would get in the way of the story. However, the style works very well for this story, and beautifully captures the character¿s emotions and sets the tone. I was impressed with the author¿s way with words, especially considering she has to tell the story with fewer words than in a traditional narrative. The story unfolds gradually, and each page is like a present to open as new information comes to light about the characters.The story takes place over one day, and past events are explained through Amber¿s letters of correspondence that are sprinkled throughout the book. The main interaction is between Amber and Cade as they get to know each other through word games, exploring the beach town, and talking about favorite songs and movies. They are trying to make the day light and fun as they are both trying to escape from their troubles.This story has depth and brings out a range of emotions. Amber and Cade¿s journey is sweet and heartfelt, although they are both going through emotional times. The story kept me turning pages swiftly and I finished it in no time. In fact, I liked it so much I started reading it again at a more relaxed pace so I could savor the details.Recommended for fans of Lisa Schroeder¿s books, or fans of Contemporary YA. The Day Before is a fast and refreshing read that¿s full of heart and emotion. I look forward to reading the author¿s other books.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Day Before¿ is a novel in verse. The writing flows smoothly, allowing the story to be told perfectly. ¿The Day Before¿ is about Amber and Cade, two teenagers trying to have one `fun¿ day before their lives change in the morning. Both Amber and Cade will be facing life changing events the next day, things that worry them to no end. They find comfort and understanding in one another, feelings that help to launch a relationship. What I loved about this story was the embrace life concept. When things get bad, or tough, people forget to live and that¿s what this entire story is about. Living. Taking the bad with the good and learning to keep pushing when things get tough.It¿s an easy read worthy of your time.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is written in verse and I loved it. Lisa Schroeder is the expert at writing in verse. Her books never fail to pluck at my heart strings and fall in love with her characters. Amber is off for her day to herself when she meets Cade who¿s like a gust of wind in her life. It¿s funny how sometimes the few hours you spend getting to know someone, can forever change your life. The only little nit-picky thing I have to say is that I thought the girl on the cover was dead. Sorry but it kinda' looks that way. Just my opinion though, to be sure. It's a lovely cover despite that. This is another of the books on the Contemps Challenge. The ending has a surprise. I loved this book. It was a sweet story about treasuring the here and now. I¿m giving it 5 lasting kisses!!
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was initially introduced to Lisa Schroeder with her book I Heart You, You Haunt Me. I read I Heart You, You Haunt me and knew I would have to read Lisa Schroeder¿s other novels. So when I had a Galley Grab newsletter from Simon Schuster with The Day Before, it was a must read for me!The Day Before was a great change of pace for me. It had been about five days since I finished my last book and I had a DNF in between. I wasn¿t sure what I wanted to read, so I checked out my list of books to read for June and I saw The Day Before¿I thought ¿Perfect!¿ Lisa Schroeder delivered! I finished The Day Before quickly, which was good for me since I felt down about reading.I felt tons of emotion while reading The Day Before. One chapter I was happy and smiling and the next I was crying. This is a big deal because some chapters are only a page long in verse. I loved the chapter titles, very creative and catchy! Lisa Schroeder wove the talk of fate and chance, heads or tails into The Day Before. Many lines got my brain moving and contemplating things right along with Amber¿fantastic!Cade and Amber were both relatable characters to me. I felt really connected to them both in different ways since I¿ve dealt with similar problems in my life. Them together was cute and sweet and brought a smile to my face. I wouldn¿t mind reading more about these two again!If you need a lovely quick read to get you out of a reading slump, The Day Before may be for you! It was for me!
B00KAH0LIC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My SummaryIn one more day Amber's life will completely shift. She has no control over the looming changes, and all she can do is take charge of her last day. She leaves her family and her problems behind for one day at the beach. There she meets Cade, a boy looking for an escape for the day, as well. They agree, no asking why the other is there, and simply enjoy the day. But, Amber starts to wonder, what is Cade keeping from her? And what has him so unsettled? My ThoughtsAmber's situation is fascinating. I could see where her story would lead to from early on, but the information was revealed in pieces that lead to her one day at the beach. I loved the beach setting. I actually read this book while at the beach, and that gave it a nice effect. She needed one day to forget and let go before everything fell apart, and then she meets someone who needs a fun day as much as she does. I was on my toes waiting to find out what Cade was dealing with. I was hooked until I finished. I NEEDED to unravel their mysteries.The book is written in verse. Every time I read one of Lisa's books I wonder how attached to her characters it's possible to get when you only get little brushes of their lives and personalities, and in so few words. Every time I am delighted to find myself captured by her characters. These two particular characters grow so much in a day. They are a great influence on each other and they learn from simply seeing what the other is enduring. Amber really felt for Cade. She was worried about him. It was very sweet.Oh, and she's a drummer. Pretty neat, right?After reading Lisa's other books I went searching for more books written in verse and I never found any that could compete with hers. The emotions are so intense. I cried nearly the entire time I read I Heart You, You Haunt Me. And, Chasing Brooklyn? Wow. Really, read her books! If you think they're too sad for you to get through... Ignore that initial thought. They are worth it!
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So there are two parts to this review... what I really wish I could say about this book, and the things that influence my opinion of it and I have to mention even though I wish they didn't matter (complete with run-on sentences). So simply, this book was beautiful. Lisa Schroeder's prose is simple, yet complex in the feelings the words evoke. The way the story was written seemed very... I can't find the word... elemental? What I mean is that it seemed so pure and rich with life without being filled with pages of fluff or filler paragraphs. It is raw and heartfelt. I wish I could stop my review here, because it really was beautiful... but I have a little more to say.This was the first book I read that was written in verse. So naturally, I had some difficulties. I went to one of Ms. Schroeder's signings in NYC and during her reading I was captivated by the words. I remember her saying after, "See, verse isn't so scary!" She convinced me of it, so I bought the book super excited to get started. Here's the problem though... Unlike the author, I am not accustomed to reading and thinking in verse. So while she read it fluidly and beautifully, in my mind it came out a bit choppy. But I must stress, this is because it was new to me, not because the writing was choppy. Towards the end I started to get better at reading verse, and I enjoyed the book much more. So why did I have to include that paragraph even though I wish I could leave it out? Because I don't want readers like me, who haven't read verse before, to give up on the book half way through, or worse, never give it a shot. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Schroeder's works, now that I understand her writing style. This one book has opened up a whole new area of reading to me. Honestly, if I never went to that signing, I don't think I would have ever picked this book up. That is why I had to include that paragraph: because this book is too beautiful to not read.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of emotions, the poetry flowed beautifully and the relationship between Cade and Amber was so awesome! It is also a REALLY quick read because its in verse. Worth the time I spent and I don't regret it.
booknerdreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hrm.Perhaps with this book what I will do is start of with what I liked about the book. I hate having to give negative reviews, and I am not entirely negative about this book. Simply put there was aspects I loved about it, and aspects I really didn¿t like and didn¿t connect with. But I am going to be as fair and constructive as possible.There is absolute no dispute that Lisa Schroeder is a wonderful writer. I will admit I don¿t like prose and I don¿t have a lot of time for poetry. But she won me over with her writing style, it was so descriptive, it flowed and the imagry was beautiful in it. She can definitely write. And I really enjoyed reading a book with this type of style for something different. It was definitely easy to digest, I read this in one sitting.What didn¿t sit well with me, is the naivity of the character in this book. She meets a boy whilst she is at the beach and really, in the space of 8-12 hours of meeting him, this girl is pretty well in love with this boy saying things like she ¿cares deeply¿ about him. As a reader, this lost me. This is where the book and I didn¿t connect. I understand love, I understand lust, and I understand what it is to care, and I realise this will be different from person to person, but to be acting like a love sick girl over someone she¿s known half a day ¿ I really couldn¿t get past that hurdle (which is why I¿ve spent a whole paragraph on it). Understanding the main character is a teenager, but she just seemed extremely juvinile at times.So that¿s how I felt¿ there¿s no way of talking around that really is there? Unfortunately it wasn¿t for me. That being said, as with all my reviews I would always openly encourage people to make their own decisions by reading the book themselves. You may not agree with me, and that is quite alright too!
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review originally published on my blog AWordsWorth.blogspot.comTelling stories in verse can have a variety of effects, and in the case of The Day Before, the poems help build suspense and create mystery. As I was reading, I had absolutely no idea where I was going to end up. The poems suggested a great struggle, a big change coming that will change Amber's life - and her family's lives - forever. There's a rawness to the wording, and a realness. Then letters start slipping in, and the story starts to slip into place. Things start making sense, and I can understand Amber's impulse to spend 'the day before' doing her thing.And yet, the mystery remains. Cade, the beautiful, unusual boy Amber meets in the aquarium, has a story of his own. As we get to know Cade through Amber's eyes, we see the confusion, feel the tension, the mystery. There's a dark, pressing need to spend 'the day before' on his own terms for Cade as well.With the give-and-take flow of the ocean they both love, Cade and Amber spend a single, beautiful, magical day together. As they fight their own personal demons, they find strength in being there for each other. Strength in unity, in believing in someone else's success. It's a simple story, taking place over a single day and night. But there's a strong sense of reality, of connection and the pressing need to find out 'why.' I found The Day Before to be a beautiful, moving read. It's definitely one you need to read for yourself, so you can experience the journey without getting distracted by the details.