REVIEW: The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder


Sometimes there's no turning back.

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 her 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 that 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.

About the Author

Lisa Schroeder is the author of IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and upcoming SPRINKLES AND SECRETS (Aladdin, Fall 2011). She is also the author of YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME (1/08), FAR FROM YOU (12/08), CHASING BROOKLYN (1/10) and THE DAY BEFORE (6/11), all with Simon Pulse. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon.  Find out more about Lisa and her books at http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442417439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442417434


I am always amazed at Lisa Schroeder's books which are written in verse.  They can convey so much emotion in so very little words.  I would think it is next to impossible to get across a complete story with so few passages, but like a song, you get everything.  There are two major twists to this story, ones that I have not seen in a young adult book before. 

The story is two lost souls meeting and understanding each other like no other has understood them before.  Amber has been hit with some horrible news about her life and runs away to spend the day at the beach to understand what this means to her.  She meets Cade, who is hiding his own life and death issue and is trying to capture one last day on his own.  The two come together and give each other strength to get through their issues together.  There I did it -- no spoilers! 

I received this book at no expense from Around the World ARC tours in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sounds absolutely enticing! I love the idea that it was written in verse. Will have to put this on the must-check-out list. (And thanks for sidestepping any spoilers!)

  2. I LOVE Lisa Schroeder's books, so jealous you have read this one already and it sounds great, oh excited to read this one when it is released.

  3. Haven't read her yet, but I enjoyed your review and will look for this one.

  4. I like the sound of this one. Another one added to my wishlist.


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