The Day Before is an absolutely adorable book, a heartwarming story with a good message, and, best of all, it has unexpectedly candid and wonderful characters. (And it's written through poetry! Heck to the yeah!) I also really enjoyed that it doesn't rush to the extreme's with its characters. It's easy to make the "bad boy" a bully, or a drug addict, or a pimp or prostitute or super-angsty 'emo kid'. It's just as easy to dramaticize relationships between characters,bringing them to a totally unrealistic and, quite frankly annoying, level of "I met you two seconds ago but I love you" lust. But the MC's in The Day Before are actually realistic and relatable. And the story is still suspenseful even without that gobbledy-gook.
Description: "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."
<3 Gina Blechman
(P.S. Does anyone know how to spell "gobbledy-gook"?)