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. – Goodreads
I immediately wanted to read The Day Before once I saw the cover a few months ago. It’s pretty gorgeous, right? The summary sounded like something I would enjoy, too, so win-win. But then I read that the book was written in verse… Not exactly my cup of tea. That is to say, I hadn’t read anything in that writing style in recent memory. After that, I was hesitant to get to it, but I decided to dive in anyway, hoping for the best!
No doubt, Lisa Schroeder’s writing is gorgeous and I think the use of verse helped with the urgency of the story she was telling. The fast pace kept me turning the pages, wanting to uncover the details of the situations Amber and Cade were dealing with. On the other hand, though, this style also held me back from making a genuine connection with the characters. There are glimpses of their personalities, and the two form a very touching bond, but diving into their backgrounds left me feeling a little apathetic. For Amber there were a few letters every now and then that shed a little more light on her plight, allowing for empathy from me, but Cade was difficult to relate to. I’m used to reading so many details about the characters I’m reading about that the ones here were a little too sparse for my liking. Other readers may not find issue with the subtly of this book, but I definitely needed more to feel any of its emotional impact.
When all is said and done, I’m glad I gave this book a try! Despite any problems I may have run into, I do plan on picking up future reads that are written in verse. Reading The Day Before was an interesting experience and, who knows, maybe I’ll grow to appreciate this style separately from what I’m used to.