Title: The Day After Yesterday
Author: Kelly Cozy
Publisher: Smite Publications
Published: March 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
Struck by grief, depression and guilt, caused by a tragedy to his family, Daniel Whitman struggles to once again find meaning and hope in his life. His overwhelming guilt causes him to leave everyone he knows, along with his music, in the hopes of once again finding hope. What he learns and discovers on his journey changes the rest of his life.
The main thing that struck me while reading this book was how long it was. I read it via Kindle and just wasn’t prepared for such a long read. Not only was it long, but it felt as though there were many sections to the book – it continued on long after logical places to end. This makes the book different from any other I’ve read, and to be honest, I found this meant the last few sections of the book felt like it was being dragged on and on when there was no need.
The Day After Yesterday focuses on many intense topics, such as depression, abuse, but also tempers this with themes of friendship and the healing powers of creativity. Therefore, this isn’t a light read, but rather an extended look at how life can be.
While there are these over-arching themes, the story focuses on the small details and how life-changing and impactful they can be. To be honest, this is one of the things I liked about this book; however I did feel that many of these were predictable and clichéd.
I am a big believer in the importance of creativity, especially when used for healing. Kelly Cozy has obviously tried to use this within the story, especially musical creativity, unfortunately I felt that in many places the use of creativity is used as a crutch and eclipses the story and the characters, which was disappointing.
The main issue I had with this book was the ending. It felt drawn-out and unnecessary, though feel it could have been added to to create a novella to accompany the book.
The main things I loved about this book was the variety of characters and the way they worked together. All the characters felt like real people with their own histories, and nuances. It was also a heart-warming story of the importance of family and friendship.
I believe anyone looking for a book that focuses on friendship during hardship would enjoy The Day After Yesterday, as well as those who enjoy reading about journeys of self-discovery, even though this is a fictional book.
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]