Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

Pages: 328
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: N/A
Release Date: June 28, 2011

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.

Stars: 5/5
Cover: A

I didn't really know what this book was about, but I still had pretty high expectations of it because I've heard wonderful things about Lisa Schroeder.

This is the first book I've read by Lisa, and I absolutely fell in love. We didn't really know who Amber was in the beginning of  the story, but through letters from two years ago up until when this story takes place, we are able to untangle Amber's past, and why she needs the day to herself so badly.

I've never read a book like this before, and it was incredible.

I usually don't feel that much of a connection to characters in verse books, but Amber was 100% relateable. She was an extremely admirable character, and her relationship with Cade was one of the best things about this book.

That brings us to Cade. He was one of those boys that are mysterious, and that you don't really know the background to, but it totally worked for him.

When the veil is thrown off, and everything in the book reaches the climax, I really like how Cade and Amber use each other to get through the hard times.

Lisa makes it easy to feel what the characters are going though with the way she writes. Schroeder really captured the emotions in the story perfectly. I was always wanting to read on, and I finished this book in record time.

The ending was one of my favorite things about this book. I got the fuzzie in my stomach, and I was sad when the book ended. I think Lisa ended the book in a perfect place, though, and made it so readers could imagine for themselves what was in store for Amber and Cade in the future.

'Nuff said.

The Final Verdict:
If I could choose one word to describe this book, I would choose "beautiful." Becuase, in all honestly, everything about it was: the story line, the writing, the relationship between the characters. A definite must-read.

FTC: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab


  1. Sounds great Laura! I like the whole letter-element to the book and how we get to see her past, because we don't really get to experience that with many other characters! (from other books) I want to go to a book signing to Lisa Schroeder on Friday and I might get my book signed! :D Great review!


  2. I love that part, too! I like how it doesn't take you out of the storyline by going completely to the past, also. :)

    OMG YOU'RE SO LUCKY!!!!!!! I hope you have a great time. :D


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