Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Published by Simon Pulse
Date Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 5/5

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.
I have to say, I judged this book by the cover and went in feeling like I was about to read some tragic-romantic contemporary worthy of Sarah Dessen (note: I haven’t actually read any Sarah Dessen, but that’s what all of her covers look like) and I actually picked this up when I was feeling defeat in reading another work.

I must say I was surprised to find it in verse. Boredom at work led me to all of a sudden PLOWING through it and finishing it in three hours where it elicited more emotions from me than I ever expected a verse novel to do. I think the best way to describe this book is a cross between Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and some slightly cheesy romantic 80s movie.

Between Amber’s simplistic and descriptive lyrics/verse, you come to get to know her and her chaotic past few months and then Cade and his dark past few months, both of them living out the last day before the huge shifts in their lives (see how the title plays in there?).

Schroeder just excels at capturing the perfect image and moment in a few words that really speaks volumes about the whole tone. Really, that’s just the art of poetry, but considering this the second book I’ve read with verse, I’m still really impressed with it. Reading this reminded me how much not only words create an image, but *how* the look and placement of the words create meaning and a whole new, bigger image.

Even then, Schroeder masterfully sticks in a Tough Decisions, Life Is Hard theme, efficiently weighing down the light-hearted, carefree day you start out with. Overall, this is such a beautifully done novel. Everything is wrapped up and leaves you wanting more. Literally!

I will now warn you that I actually wanted more ending. It ended and I was like ‘seriously?! It ends THERE?! NO! I REFUSE! MORE!’ which then led to a few moments of pathetic clicking on the down arrow, even when the bar was already clearly at the bottom (this was an eGalley).

A lot of eGalleys I get, I don’t necessarily feel obligated to actually buy a physical copy, but I can definitely say I am going to go out on June 28th and buy me this book!



  1. I love when you get surprised by a book. These are often my favorite books because you are not expecting much out of them, unlike ultra-hyped up books.

  2. I'm glad you loved this! I *just* finished it! All of Lisa's books (that I've read) are in verse and I've enjoyed every single one. You should definitely try Chasing Brooklyn by her--so good!

  3. I'm super excited to get my hands on this one. I've read some mixed reviews, but I'm glad they mostly lean toward the positive side!

  4. This book sounds incredible. I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy soon. Lovely review, Jennifer!

  5. I love Lisa Schroeder, so much! This was my first Lisa book and I've become a crusader, trying to convince everyone I know to read this book! (I'm doing a pretty good job of it too :P )SO happy that you loved it too!