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Riverdale: The Day Before (A Prequel) by Micol Ostow (Blog Tour: Review)

First off, thank you so much to Scholastic Inc. Canada for sending me a copy of Riverdale: The Day Before to read and review. And also, thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this blog tour and for asking me to participate! Reading this book was quite interesting for me because I am all caught up on Riverdale and the only other Riverdale-related thing that I’ve read were the first 3 volumes of the Jughead comic reboot. Since this book takes place before the occurrences in Riverdale, I don’t think that it’s necessary to have seen the show before you read this. And if you’ve seen even just the first season of the show, this book would be a nice treat since it gives us a glimpse of what things were like before the first Riverdale episode.

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Title: Riverdale: The Day Before
Author: Micol Ostow
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Date published: December 26, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know that I don’t watch a lot of TV shows. My main focus is books. So, when I end up talking about a TV show on this blog, it usually means that I am quite obsessed! And, well, that is definitely the case with Riverdale. (You can read all about my journey with the first season of the show in the link provided in the intro paragraph of this post.) So, when I found out that a book that would be all about what the four main characters of the show were up to before the first episode of season one, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on a copy!

I recommend this book to fans of the show, and even those who have only seen a handful of episode, or even no episodes. Because the events in this book take place before season one of the show, you don’t really need any prior knowledge to understand what’s happening. You might view the characters differently, due to this being your first time “meeting” them, but I wouldn’t worry about getting the wrong feel for them or anything like that, since the author did a pretty good job at capturing each character’s essence. This is important because each chapter is narrated in the first person by either Jughead, Betty, Veronica, or Archie. This book was a fairly quick read, and is quite short to begin with, so if you need something to pass the time before the return of Riverdale this coming Wednesday, I think that you can definitely binge-read this book to prepare!


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. Visit her online at



11 thoughts on “Riverdale: The Day Before (A Prequel) by Micol Ostow (Blog Tour: Review)

  1. Hmm since you said that it is a quick read I might give it a try! I loved season 1 of the show (idk what those other episodes are) sooo let‘s see if this book gets me back into a Riverdale mood! 🙂

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