Review + Giveaway: Riverdale: The Day Before by Micol Ostow

Title: Riverdale: The Day Before
Author: Micol Ostow
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: December 26th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Original fiction based off the hit television series Riverdale !

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One.

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica's life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie?

Told from multiple POVs, your favorite characters tell their story their way.


It's interesting how childhood memories comes charging back when new variations of an old classic make its way to television, movies or even books. I was a fan of the Archie comics when I was younger, so I was thrilled to pick up this new book by Micol Ostow. Riverdale: The Day Before is the prequel to the popular Riverdale television series. I've yet to watch it, but being in book form, I figure I'll give it a try.

Riverdale: The Day Before is told from the four main characters' point of view, which I personally think is one of the highlights of this book. Stories with different POVs are hard to grasp at times, but the author did a great job in distinguishing the different voices. The format between  text messages, diary entries and normal book text was easy to follow and does give readers a better context of the plot. However, that is where it ends. Though in all, the story has merit, I felt like there's a lot missing or rather as a reader without seeing the TV serial, not everything made sense. Multiple plot twists didn't seem to conclude properly or with the satisfaction of a solid conclusion, but rather eluding to what is to come. Of course, if the objective is for readers to continue on with the next novel in the series, or onto the TV serial, the author hit her mark.

In all, I liked it, but I also didn't. Riverdale: The Day Before is exactly about the before, and it is successful in writing and in characterization, though development is rather slow. Despite my qualms, I would give this a solid 3 star. 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Micol Ostow has written over 50 works for readers of all ages, including projects based on properties like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and most recently, Mean Girls: A Novel. As a child she drew her own Archie comics panels, and in her former life as an editor she published the Betty & Veronica Mad Libs game. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters who are also way too pop culture-obsessed. 

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