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The Day Before


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ISBN13: 9781442417434
ISBN10: 1442417439
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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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Sara Gundell, August 13, 2011 (view all comments by Sara Gundell)
Last year, after reading Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder, I declared it to be my favorite book of hers to date. But I think she has outdone herself once again. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder is nothing short of perfect.

The book (written in verse, like Lisa’s three other YA novels), tells the story of Amber, who escapes from her family and friends for a day all to herself at the beach. Her life is spiraling out of control, and she needs just one day alone; to live for herself and no one else. While there, she meets Cade �" who seems in search of his own day. Together, they agree to spend 24 hours, living in the moment �" no questions asked. But the more time Amber spends with Cade (and the more their connection seems to grow), the more she feels the need to know exactly what’s wrong in his life and how she can help. If she can help.

Amber and Cade are two of my new favorite characters in fiction Amber, with her dyed-hair, jelly bean obsession and rock girl attitude �" and Cade, with his skinny jeans, and oh-so-adorable references to movies like “Say Anything.” And while Amber and Cade carry the story, they are not the only ones worth loving in The Day Before. Amber’s parents each have small moments to shine, as does her sister and her best friend. A brief appearance by Cade’s friends give you a tiny glimpse into his world beyond this single day.

As always, Lisa’s writing is beautiful. She chooses her words so carefully, and it comes across in each beautiful verse of the novel. On each page, Lisa beautifully captures the emotions and feelings of her characters �" anger, melancholy, the tingles of first love. Likewise, her descriptions will whisk you away to the Oregon coast. Reading The Day Before made me wish I was there, with the sand and the gray ocean and the cloudy skies and the saltwater taffy that makes a day on the Oregon coast oh-so-perfect. In small ways, The Day Before is almost a little love letter to these perfect places.

But I think what I loved most about The Day Before was seeing the whole story come together as pieces of the mystery are revealed. Lisa peels back the layers of her story so delicately �" giving you just enough to satisfy, yet not quite enough so that you simply must keep reading. What’s even more, is that Lisa manages to avoid becoming predictable. Even if you think you know where the story is going, you’ll find yourself surprised.

What’s more is, The Day Before will leave you filled up with hope and happiness. It’s a story about accepting one’s fears, and moving on even when that fear remains.
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Schroeder, Lisa
Simon Pulse
Love & Romance
Children s-General
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from 9
f-c jkt, no sfx, gloss
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 320 pages Simon Pulse - English 9781442417434 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Amber, hoping to spend one perfect day alone at the beach before her world is turned upside down, meets and feels a strong connection to Cade, who is looking for his own escape, for a very different reason.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , One day. Just one day. Amber’s life is about to be turned upside down, and all she needs is one perfect day. Because tomorrow? Tomorrow she has to fly across the country to live with parents she’s never known. Amber was switched at birth, but the mistake was only recently discovered, and the courts have decided that Amber will split each year between her family in Oregon and her birth parents in Texas. At sixteen, it’s a hard reality for Amber to face.

So she escapes to the beach, where she meets a mysterious boy. Cade is dark and intense—and their chemistry is undeniable. As the two spend the day together, Amber discovers that Cade is also looking for escape. A very different escape—for a very different reason.

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