The Day Before

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-05
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse

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From the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, an irresistibly romantic novel in verse. 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 nowhe's living each moment like it's his last. Told in verse and brimming with raw emotion and pure romance, this is a gracefully woven tale of life-changing secrets and unexpected friendship.

Author Biography

Lisa Schroeder is the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me along with its companion novel, Chasing Brooklyn, and Far from You. This is her fourth teen novel in verse. She has also written two middle-grade prose novels, Itís Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Find out more about Lisa and her books at LisaSchroederBooks.com or on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.


a different kind of day

Some mornings,
it’s hard to get
out of bed.

Sleep lures you
like a stranger
with a piece of candy.

Follow me.
It will be okay.
I promise.

You know better,
but still you follow,
because you really do
love candy.

When you finally
open your eyes,
late for everything
and your whole day
you curse that bastard,
Mr. Sandman.

It’s happened to me
a hundred times.
But not today.

Today was different.

Anticipation is the best
alarm there is, and it shook
me awake before
my phone even had
the chance.

As I move around my room
with my iPod on and earbuds in,
my girl P!nk sings strong,
and I feel like I have

The power to
let myself go,
let myself be,
let myself live
the next
twenty-four hours
in a way
I have never lived

© 2011 Lisa Schroeder

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