The Day Before

The Day Before

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28mm | 399g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • f-c jkt, no sfx, gloss
  • 1442417439
  • 9781442417434
  • 380,411

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"The Day Before is lyrical, vivid, and poignant. Like hidden gems that sparkle in the sand, each verse tells its own story; a heartfelt reminder that life's treasures -- friendship, love, and compassion -- are often discovered when we least expect them."

-- Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah and Twenty Boy Summer
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About Lisa Schroeder

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.
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6,787 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (2,048)
3 20% (1,364)
2 6% (405)
1 3% (199)

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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!show more
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