I just finished one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder is a YA about a girl called Amber, who wants to spend the day alone on the beach. She meets Cade there, a boy who is doing the same thing. The reader doesn't know right away why the two characters want to spend the day alone, but their reasons are slowly revealed.
No 'blurb' can do this book justice.
The Day Before is a verse novel, written up entirely in joining poems. I read El Dorado, by Dorothy Porter a few years back, which was also a verse novel, and I loved the idea of it.
It worked so beautifully for this story and I really felt like every word was contemplated and perfectly placed.
The story was thought-provoking, and powerful. The characters were so real, the conversation so natural, that I never doubted anything for a second.
The book made me smile and cry. It was one of those books I loved so much that I never wanted to put down, but at the same time I loved it so much, I didn't want to read because I wanted it to last forever. Which is a feeling Lisa describes in the book itself, making a parallel between reading, and the way Amber felt about Cade.
I recommend it to everyone.