The Day Before - Lisa Schroeder

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: Hrm.Perhaps with this book what I will do is start of with what I liked about the book. I hate having to give negative reviews, and I am not entirely negative about this book. Simply put there was aspects I loved about it, and aspects I really didn’t like and didn’t connect with. But I am going to be as fair and constructive as possible.

There is absolute no dispute that Lisa Schroeder is a wonderful writer. I will admit I don’t like prose and I don’t have a lot of time for poetry. But she won me over with her writing style, it was so descriptive, it flowed and the imagry was beautiful in it. She can definitely write. And I really enjoyed reading a book with this type of style for something different. It was definitely easy to digest, I read this in one sitting.

What didn’t sit well with me, is the naivity of the character in this book. She meets a boy whilst she is at the beach and really, in the space of 8-12 hours of meeting him, this girl is pretty well in love with this boy saying things like she “cares deeply” about him. As a reader, this lost me. This is where the book and I didn’t connect. I understand love, I understand lust, and I understand what it is to care, and I realise this will be different from person to person, but to be acting like a love sick girl over someone she’s known half a day - I really couldn’t get past that hurdle (which is why I’ve spent a whole paragraph on it). Understanding the main character is a teenager, but she just seemed extremely juvinile at times.

So that’s how I felt… there’s no way of talking around that really is there? Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. That being said, as with all my reviews I would always openly encourage people to make their own decisions by reading the book themselves. You may not agree with me, and that is quite alright too!

Rating: 2 out of 5


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2 Responses to “The Day Before - Lisa Schroeder”

  1. So glad you told me this was in prose.
    I have not tried a book like that, but I’m not ready yet and I have a feeling this book has some heavy topics in it. I also would have a hard time with the insta love. It’s a pet peeve. Crush, yes, Insta love, no. Thanks for the honest review.


    • Melissa says:

      You know the prose part wasn’t so bad, I got used to it, but I wouldn’t probably want to do it a lot! lol

      The insta-love… ah yes. That’s what will always lose every time with me. I hate that. :/

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