Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

Sometimes life is divided into the Before, and the After. Amber knows that today is her last day Before. Before it all changes. Before nothing's the same. And she wants to spend this final day alone, at the beach with the music loud and no regrets. Her plans change, however, when she meets Cade. He seems to be there for the same reason -- living this last day before...what? Amber doesn't know his secret, and they agree not to ask. They just want to live life their way, one more time -- together. But Cade's secret might be more dangerous than Amber imagines, and she may be the only person left to stand between him and what comes After.

I honestly didn't think I could read an entire novel written in verse, but by the second or third page I'd completely forgotten about the style and was engrossed in Lisa Schroeder's tale. It's amazing how much detail and emotion can be conveyed in such few words, but Schroeder's careful word choice makes her sparse verse as vivid as the wordiest prose. The writing is innovative and fast, and piques readers' curiosity about what terrible thing is going to happen to this girl we feel like we've known our whole lives.

Amber finds herself in an impossible situation. At first, the desperation is felt even if the cause is unclear, but Schroeder doesn't make the reader wait too long to understand the circumstances -- revealed through flashbacks in the form of letters sprinkled throughout the text. Amber is utterly sympathetic -- finally a heroine who isn't the beautiful but unnoticed underdog. She is a short and stocky rocker chick with killer taste in music. She has her quirks (like a jelly bean obsession), and a great best friend and loving little sister, who make their presence felt even if they aren't all that present in the narrative action.

Cade's pain is even more of a mystery than Amber's, but he combines it with a wry wit that it utterly beguiling. Their determination to have one last day free of sorrow and full of the little things in life -- chosen by fate and the toss of a coin -- is romantic, if bittersweet. Though their relationship is built over the course of a single day, in this story it works. They are both living the same day -- the day before everything changes -- in the same way, and it binds them in a way they can't even fully express.

This tale has an almost haunted air, the lightness tainted by their somber secrets. As readers get to know these two beautiful people, marred by circumstances beyond their control, through the lyrical lens of Schroeder's verse, their hearts will soar and break and hope and despair right alongside the two teens who just want to live life on their own terms, free from responsibility and obligation -- for just one more day.

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Disclosure: I received an advance galley from the publisher for an honest review.

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18 comments:

Midnyte Reader said...

This is a beautifully written post. I don't think I could read a book entirely in verse either, but maybe I'll have to give one a try. The Day Before sounds excellent.

Ashley said...

What an amazing review! I also loved this book and I feel like you did a great job capturing the feeling of the book! Phenomenal review!

Jan von Harz said...

I am not a huge fan of he verse format either, but your strong review has me wanting to give this a try. Thanks.

Donna said...

Beautiful review. Thanks for sharing. I'm one of your followers. Never disappointed. Donna

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Lauren M said...

Oh, wow! You make the book sound so beautiful. I'm always wary of books in verse, but you've convinced me that The Day Before is worth reading. Gorgeous review!

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

Great review! I'm doubly looking forward to reading this now!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh wow. Great review. Sounds like you really enjoyed it and one to look for. Thank you!

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Thank you guys so much! I definitely recommend it -- it's a beautiful book =) I hope you all enjoy it when you read it!

Miss Page-Turner said...

Wow, 5 stars! It was my first novel written in verse and I surprisingly liked the style. But it just took me two hours to read The Day Before and I am glad I didn't spent money on it, because it was a fast and rather uneventful read.

Jen @ A Reader's Journey said...

Beautiful review! I too was hesitant to read a novel in verse but absolutely loved Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder and will definitely be reading this one!

Zombie Girrrl said...

I love Lisa's style, especially, like you said, how much can be conveyed with so few words. It's rather amazing, actually.
I hadn't heard of this book, but I'm glad I found your review of it, because ever since reading I Heart You, You Haunt Me, I've been craving more of her wonderful verse.

Krystal said...

I would love to read this book now. Great review. The plot sounds really interesting and the characters sound fun to read about.

Linda @ Most Important Letter said...

Though I have a hard time believing that Amber and Cade fall in love in one day (whoa), this seems like a great book, honestly. And I know I'll have a great time trying to get over the fact that I'm actually reading an entire book in verse. ;) Haha.

Great review as always, Casey.

Kandee Kane said...

I'm glad you liked the book, I've been meaning to read this book lately. It's gotten lots of good reviews.

MarthaE said...

This sounds interesting...I don't think I have read a book set in just one day. Nor have I read one in verse. Thanks for the review.

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

I love books that are written in verse. :) I really want to read this one. I adore Lisa's writing and her style. She's a great author.

Sonya said...

I'm intrigued! I've never read a book completely in verse either! Great review!

aurora M. said...

What a great review! Thanks any book that allows me to read about a person with a Jelly Bean obsession is for me! Now who doesn't love Jelly Beans!

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