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Better Than Yesterday

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  326 Ratings  ·  34 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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 9th 2007)
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Jul 09, 2007 Carly rated it did not like it  ·  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.

Sep 19, 2007 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksread2007, ya
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
Caitlin H
Oct 04, 2012 Caitlin H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
mackenzie gruzas
Oct 09, 2015 mackenzie gruzas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to everyone. I enjoyed many things in this book. For example, I liked how the main characters (Skylar and Charley) went back in forth on their point of views of what was going on in each chapter. I found this book to provide good life lessons. Such as, the things that Blake did, gave good lessons to not do the things he did. Or how Charley wants to follow his dreams, and not follow his dad's path. All four of the main characters did rebellious things while in college, ...more
Jan 27, 2008 Anya rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Jamaica Catamora
May 10, 2016 Jamaica Catamora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I never heard of this book before, and I never though of reading this book until a friend let me borrowed this for a summer-read. It is really good for a summer read because of its story.

I don’t think this book is about finding Blake, but it’s more of finding themselves. Like how Charley decided to take music (which is his true passion) rather than pre-med (what his parents want him to take.)

It could have been 5/5 if Robyn Schneider just found
Dec 07, 2007 Nian rated it liked it  ·  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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

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
Jan 20, 2017 San rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best books I've read so far. The story is very relatable because of the competition for valedictorian, the SAT/ACT scores, and finding math a hard subject. If you are looking for a book to read over the summer or during the break I would definitely recommend this because the story takes place in a summer session of the boarding school.The story mostly revolves around Skylar, Charley, Marissa, and Blake.They are all seventeen and before attending their senior year at Hilli ...more
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
Macy Jo
Sep 01, 2011 Macy Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexa Haldimann
Sep 24, 2012 Alexa Haldimann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mikayla P
Oct 13, 2011 Mikayla P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 25, 2012 Grace710 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 14, 2007 hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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.
Jun 23, 2011 Fallon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :))
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.
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.
Jul 08, 2012 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Heather G
A quick read that was entertaining.
Amber Lassiter
It was an okay book. Reminded me of a watered down Gossip Girl novel.
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Better Than Yesterday by Robyn Schneider (2007)
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.
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
Kat Montei
Jul 29, 2008 Kat Montei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
I liked and light...great for a quick beach read. Definitely gives the perspective of teens today.
This book isn;t what i expected it to be but i liked it nonetheless
Jun 21, 2014 Kaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sunny Tipton
Mar 04, 2011 Sunny Tipton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very werid dnt read it if you dnt lik reading aboutppl getting raped lolz it was a good book ........ ;P
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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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