Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Life After Theft #0.5
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Date: April 2, 2013
This captivating and poignant 50-page digital original short story is a prequel to New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft—a haunting novel about the true cost of paying for one's mistakes.
Most teenagers would do anything to have Kimberlee Schaffer's life. But beneath the beauty, the wealth, and the popularity, Kimberlee has a terrible problem: an uncontrollable, insatiable need to steal. Over the years, she's learned to hide her secret from those closest to her, but now it's completely consuming her life—and Kimberlee is afraid that if she doesn't find a way to put an end to her compulsion, she may see her perfect world come crumbling down.
“One More Day” is the prequel to Aprilynne Pike’s Life After Theft (which was phenomenal by the way!). Even though it is a prequel, I ended up not reading it until I finished Life After Theft and I’m glad I did it that way. I got to know Kimberlee throughout Life After Theft and discovering more things about her and her past as the book progressed was one of my favorite parts.
Had I read “One More Day” before Life After Theft, I would have instantly known more about Kimberlee and I would have understood her better, but the reading experience would have been completely different. I so enjoyed getting to know Kimberlee through Life After Theft and I’m glad my experience wasn’t shadowed by the prequel.
The biggest question when reviewing a prequel or an in-between novella is whether or not it is essential to the plot. “One More Day” is definitely not essential. It provided a lot of insight into Kimberlee’s character and I was even more sympathetic to her than I was after reading Life After Theft. As much as I enjoyed this novella though, it is definitely in the “true fan” category. If you read Life After Theft and you loved it and are just dying for more, then this novella is definitely for you!