June 16, 2011

Review - The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

Description from Goodreads:
"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."

Wow—what an amazing story! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of novels-in-verse, and Lisa Schroeder is on track to becoming my favorite author who writes in this style. I’m impressed with how well she can convey so much emotion in so few words. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two while reading this. It only took me about two hours to read, so the fact that I was moved enough to actually cry is a testament to how beautiful the writing is. I really connected to Amber and understood her need to escape her problems for just one day. (The fact that she and I shared some of the same favorite songs/musicians didn't hurt!) And I was definitely charmed by Cade from the moment his character was introduced. 

It’s hard to say much about the plot without spoilers, but I will say that I was surprised by the reasons Amber and Cade each found themselves at the beach. I thought I had them figured out, but I was wrong. I enjoyed watching the story unfold while their secrets were revealed. Letters to Amber were included along with the poems, and they helped explain the situation she was running away from. 

The Day Before releases June 28. Pre-order your copy now and prepare to be swept away in a beautiful story. 

I received a copy of this book through Simon & Schuster’s GalleyGrab program. 


loreleimarsh said...

That settles it, I must have it! Somehow I totally missed that this is a novel-in-verse, so now I'm even MORE excited. Thanks!

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