I love the simple beauty of the cover:
And here's how the publisher describes the book:
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.
What that doesn't tell you is that this is a verse novel--which I know some people find strange. Believe me, I get it. For the longest time I thought verse novels were super weird--I didn't understand how a book written in poems could carry the same emotional resonance of a prose novel. But then I tried one. Specifically, one of Lisa's, called I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. I've been hooked ever since.
Yes, verse novels are different--but in an amazingly powerful way. The depth of emotion that Lisa is able to covey through her poetry is amazing. They're the kind of books you want to race through, because you want to know what's going to happen, want to read the next beautiful poem. But if you force yourself to slow down and savor every word--or, like me, read them again--you get so much more out of them. Verse novels are an experience I personally think every reader needs to try. I bet most of you will be just as addicted as I am.
I'd been counting down the days to THE DAY BEFORE pretty much from the moment Lisa announced her deal (those of you who've been following my blog know what a Lisa Schroeder fangirl I am. I did a whole Lisa Schroeder Week last year) and I am THRILLED to say that her newest book didn't disappoint.
I was so swept up in the story I couldn't put it down--even though I was staring down one of the most intense deadlines EVER. I read the whole thing in one sitting--and then immediately went back and reread all my favorite parts. It's such a simple, powerful story--and you really feel the fear and uncertainty the characters are struggling with. Even better, it's so unique. I can't think of anything else out there quite like it--and how many times can you say that about a book?
Obviously I highly, HIGHLY recommend it--so much so, I'm giving away a copy. Sadly, the ARC I read is The Bookanistas' copy, so I can't share it with you. BUT I CAN PREORDER A HARDCOVER FOR ONE OF YOU!
That's right--all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, May 14th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Sunday, May 15th. Now, I usually make my contests international, but I'm not sure how that works with the preordering thing...so just this once I'm going to limit the contest to US only. Sorry international followers!
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