Riverdale: The Day Before

280p. (Riverdale: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Dec. 2018. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781338289442.
Gr 7 Up—Leading up to the murder of Jason Blossom, four teens are trying to figure out life and follow their paths. Jughead is trying to cope with his mom leaving by keeping things together, work his job at the drive-in, and write. He's trying to ignore the fact his dad seems to be running with his old gang and his closest friend, Archie, has disappeared over the summer. Archie has discovered music…and his music teacher. All that he can think about it is Ms. Grundy and how she makes him feel. Betty is in LA, working for Hello, Giggles, an online magazine and trying to follow her dreams. While she's focusing on life away from her mother, her sister is trying to reach out to her. Veronica has no idea her dad's house of cards is about to collapse around them and her circle of friends are about to do the same. Between these stories, text messages, emails, and documents that tell the story of things happening behind the scenes. Events that will lead to the fateful death on the day after this story ends. Events that happen before the first episode of Riverdale, the TV show based on the Archie Comics. Recommend to fans of the show, as they won't need any character development that is missing from the story. Told in alternating voices and in different formats, this is written to appeal to reluctant readers.
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