The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder is only the second novel in verse that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell a few months ago and thought it would be a good idea to read more books like it. Good thing The Day Before became available through Simon and Schuster’s Galley Grab. I’m usually not a fan of reading ebooks on the computer but since this was a quick and light read, I didn’t mind.

Here’s the summary from Lisa Schroeder’s website:

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 like each moment is his last.

Amber wanted just one day of peace at the beach before her whole life changes. She’s surprised when she meets Cade there and it looks like he wants the same thing. So they spend a wonderful day together, doing all the things that they love and trying not to think of what tomorrow will bring. I’m usually not a fan of instant love in YA novels because there’s not much character development in that kind of thing and it’s becoming the norm. But I think it worked with this book, partly because of the verse format. I feel like the author was able to pack more substance into fewer words by using this lyrical format. Here’s a sample of the writing, which I think every book lover will be able to relate to:

Oftentimes
when I read a book,
I want to savor
each word,
each phrase,
each page,
loving the prose
so much,
I don’t want it
to end.

Other times
the story pulls me in,
and I can hardly
read fast enough,
the details flying by,
some of them lost
because all that matters
is making sure
the character
is all right
when it’s over.

The pages flew by (or should I say rolled up the screen quickly?) while I was reading this and I finished it in one sitting. At the start of the book, the reader has no idea why Amber and Cade are there – I liked the pacing and how these mysteries were slowly revealed as these two characters get to know each other better. The Day Before brings to mind other YA novels that occur in the span of a day or a night like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Graffiti Moon so fans of those two other books will probably enjoy this one as well. It’s funny because even Amber said that her day with Cade is similar to what happened in Nick and Norah and she also mentioned that the book is better than the movie. You got that right, Amber. The Day Before made me more curious about novels in verse and Lisa Schroeder’s books in particular. I’m glad I already have copies of Far From You and Chasing Brooklyn sitting on my shelves. I will be picking them up when I feel like reading something comforting. Recommended for fans of novels in verse or those who enjoy contemporary YA. The Day Before will be released on June 28, 2011.

Other reviews:
Attack of the Book
Chick Loves Lit
Confessions of a Book Addict
The Reading Date