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Better Than Yesterday

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  330 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
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 9th 2007)
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Jul 09, 2007 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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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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