The Day Before
Author: Lisa Schroder
Format: eBook (ARC)
Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 2.5 Birds
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.
I am having many conflicting thoughts about this book. Most of them surround the fact that this isn’t a traditional book, but instead it’s story is all told through poetry.
Now, I’m not big into poetry. I have my favorites and things like that but I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. That said, I don’t even really know if the way this book is written could be described as poetry….? It was all just choppy paragraphs crammed with information and to me made it feel more like like a writer's lazy attempt to tell a FANTASTIC story with out having to do all the work. There was nothing “poetic” about the lay out to me at all.
You’ll see I did say there is a fantastic story in this, and there is. I tell you no lies.The story intertwined in these “poems” is amazing and new, different and heart-wrenching. The potential for a full novel is there and while I am sure Schroder wrote the book in poetic format for a reason – I didn’t see it nor do I feel it benefited the story in any way. In fact, dare I say it actually hinders it quite a bit.
You might need some tissues with this one. I had some tears welling up at one point. And because it’s written as “poems” you can blow through this in one sitting, easy. Because I wasn’t a fan of the layout, and I feel it kind of ruined the story for me I’m giving the book 2.5 – 3 Birds. I recommend that if you are going to read this that you borrow it from the library rather then buy it.
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