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The Day Before

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Confused teens find strength in sweet soap opera confection.

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This is a trifling pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless. The plot evokes soap operas and made-for-TV movies, and the central conflict in Amber’s life is revealed slowly, through verse and a series of letters between her and her family. Pervasive pop culture references -- to music, movies, and candy -- substitute for depth and serve as shorthand as Amber and Cade build their relationship. Even so, readers will likely be drawn in, and they will find Amber’s voice authentic. Teens will appreciate her ability to focus on what she needs to do to face an uncertain future.

Book Details

  • Author: Lisa Schroeder
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: June 28, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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