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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  29 reviews
At the elite Hilliard Preparatory School, the competition is fierce, the gossip is worse, and Blake Dorsey has just arrived back on campus after an unexplained two-year absence.

Skylar Banks has a hunch Blake's in trouble. Skylar's the most likely candidate for valedictorian, but she's no stranger to tricky situations herself. She's got a reputation for taking her relations
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 9th 2007)
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Carly
Jul 09, 2007 Carly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mindless 'literature'
I knew this book would suck and I read it anyway. Guilty as charged. Some part of me held out a thin wisp of hope that it would eventually get better, but of course it didn't.

Another part of me wants to say I've got to hand it to the author for writing a publishable book at the age of 17, but a bigger part of me is saying that the book is pretty darn terrible and who knows how many 17-year-olds are out there who have written better books than this.

DON'T READ IT; SAVE YOURSELF!
Caitlin H
I am on page 39, and I think it is a great book so far. The character development is amazing, and I feel like I really know who they are. The whole Skylar, Charlie, and Blake thing is the typical teenage love triangle you always see in movies or read in books, but this ones plot is twisted in a way. I felt bad when I read about Skylar and Blakes brother, Kyle, because Blake likes Skylar. But I thought it was interesting how even after three years, and a whole school full of gossiping teenagers t ...more
Sarah
I read this book hoping, HOPING, praying, wishing that all of Robyn's big talk was the real deal. She was promoting this YA novel at least a year and a half before it was actually published. I met her one night at dinner and the first thing she says is "Hi! My name is Robyn! I'm 20 but I wrote my book when I was 17! IT'S GREAT! Nooooo, really, I'm a real author and you'll be super excited when you read my book! Oh, did I tell you I like to wear designer shoes? Yup, these are *real* COACH! Can yo ...more
Anya
Jan 27, 2008 Anya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 15+
It wasn't that great at all, and the summary was misleading. The actual "New York" aspect of the book wasn't as prevalent as the Hilliard aspect...and I've never met anyone with 2400 SAT grades. It was so-so.
Stephanie A.
But...there was no reason to put their school careers in jeopardy to go "rescue" Blake. He was a loser pothead and a poor friend with no redeeming qualities, to the point that as soon as he popped a pill I began to desperately hope he was dying of cancer. Not to explain his actions, just so he'd be dead and unable to create any further problems. I kind of liked Skylar and Charley together, Charley on his own, and the gratuitous mentions of LiveJournal, but the whole adventure seemed misguided.
Alyssa Calloway
There were a few things I liked and disliked about this book.

For one, Blake and Marissa seemed like poorly developed characters, especially compared to Skylar and Charley. I didn't really see how they were all friends with Marissa because she was barely described at all.

Second, it was way too short. Usually I don't base my likings of books on the length, but this one was seriously laking something. It needed more, more, more! The action was minimal and everything went by way too fast (not in the
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Four friends together again in summer session at boarding school. Can you even imagine the adventures?

Skylar, Marissa, Charley, and Blake are seventeen. It's the summer before their senior year. They are moving into Hilliard Preparatory School for the summer session. They spent summer session their freshman year together and are hoping to relive those great times.

However, things have changed. Skylar regrets her freshman experienc
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Nian
Dec 10, 2007 Nian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: 2007
So here's what I've noticed about a good portion of the books I've read: that the beginning tends to be really nicely written and attractive, but once you progress and read the end, it's not nearly as good. Maybe it's just because the story fades out, or that the author just needed a faster way to finish the book. It's not really a big deal, actually--barely noticeable--but somehow, I just managed to catch it.

Better than Yesterday is written from two points of views: Skylar's (the girl) and Cha
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Macy Jo
The book "Better Than Yesterday" was very enjoyable to read, at points in the story I couldn't put the book down. I thought the book had good drama and characters that people reading the book could relate to. In this book the main characters get into trouble but come together to help out a mutal friend finding out love is in the air. The only downfall I thought of the book was the inappropiate language that could of been removed and still could get the content across without using as much vulgar ...more
Mikayla P
Better Than Yesterday was a very intresting book. I couldnt put the book down. The book is about a girl named skylar and her three main friends Charley, Marissa, and Black. These Three all attend Hilliard Prepratory School. They were all friends Freshman year but they slowly started going seprate ways and in their senior year reunited. Charley and Skylar are always trying to see who is the best at things in school such as valedvictorian. The real truth is that they book like each other a lot. Du ...more
Alexa Haldimann
Better Than Yesterday, written by Robyn Schneider, is a realistic fiction book about a boy named Charley and his friend Skylar. I liked this book because the perspectives switched in between Charley and Skylar so you got to experience both peoples point of views. This is a coming of age book that has it all~friendship, school pranks, first love, and running away. I think Robyn Schneider is teaching the reader that you have to stand up for what you want in life instead of fall for what your pare ...more
Vanessa
Even though the book is set at an elite boarding school (a la Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld), I don't think it was merely the author's intention nor the point of this book. Instead, the point of this book was that four students at the boarding school (two whom are friends and two others whom are basically acquaintances) vow to get away to nearby New York City for awhile which is different from what they are accustomed to. There is name dropping (which gets annoying after all but could be satirical a ...more
Kaela
This book is so entertaining.
It's a light and easy read, but it doesn't fail to draw you in and keep you interested.
I highly recommend this book!
Cassie
I did not expect the content of this book from reading the summary. It surprised me!
Grace710
This book was good. I liked hearing what other people thought of New York City. It was a very interesting piont of view.
So they found Blake in NYC, and i think he was very uncomfortable. When he went back to Hillard, he thought everything would be the same, but it turns out it was the opposite. But, when Blake got back to Hillaard, he started putting things back together, like their friendship. I think that Blake was willing to start over, and alll he needed was a little push. I think he finally
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hannah
i'm not a big fan of YA anymore, unless it happens to be amazing. this was far from amazing, but it was incredibly clever, and i have to respect robyn for being a young writer, and by way of that, writing realistic dialogue and creating believable characters. it was kind of a heightened academic world, with really smart jokes from intelligent-than-most teenagers. but it was so clever that i loved it for that.
Li Xian Chen
I thought this book was okay. It talks about 4 friends in a school, but one day one of them runs away. I thought each character had different personalities and they were friends. One was friendly and outgoing, another was shy and liked to read fantasy books. This book didn't really seemed like a story to me, it was like their daily lives and what they did.
One_awesome_girl!
A good book about 4 senior high school students who go on a long journey to find their friend Blake who is traveling somewhere around New York City. They learn the value of friendship and find out what it's like to be reunited with your friends freshman year. All together they will basically relive freshman year and try to have the best senior year ever.
Fallon
Its far from amazing, and it had some inconsistancies. The characters were not all that strong, but i liked it. I went to an elitist high school where a lot of my friends we accepted to penn. Like charley, my parents wanted me to go to the school of THEIR choice, not mine. It was a well written, quick, fun read. :))
Victoria
Before you pick up this book, I must give you all a warning: This is a bad, BAD, chick-flick. All this book is about, is some rich teenagers going out doing dumb things (running away, drinking, doing drugs, an having sex). Not ok...
Elizabeth
I don't care what any of you say this book is truly a very good one I wAnt to buy my grand daughter it any one know where I could get It like a barns and nobels
Christine
Ehh... not the greatest, but pretty good. Totally reminded me of Catcher in the Rye. It was like a toned down version of Prep (which i hated), but yeah.
Kat Montei
I liked this...fun and light...great for a quick beach read. Definitely gives the perspective of teens today.
Sunny Tipton
very werid dnt read it if you dnt lik reading aboutppl getting raped lolz it was a good book ........ ;P
Ernica
This book isn;t what i expected it to be but i liked it nonetheless
Amber Hartley
It was an okay book. Reminded me of a watered down Gossip Girl novel.
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Heather G
A quick read that was entertaining.
Neisha Pierre
It was great I kept on rereading it
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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also the author of the middle grade Knightley Academy books, written as Violet Haberdasher. She ...more
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