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The Town With Pep!

Welcome to the Town with Pep!

Riverdale is the idyllic small town with the picture perfect girl next door, red-blooded American football player, and a popular hangout spot Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe which completes this community feel. In this unsuspecting town, no one can sense the threatening quicksand of darkness, secrets, and mystery rising from underneath them.

Micol Ostow's Riverdale: The Day Before is the perfect origin story for those who are looking for an introduction to this iconic town or for Riverdale aficionados who want a glimpse of the characters' lives before everything changed. Ostow really captures the characters' voices through four alternating points of view. I found Betty's narrative particular singular because of Ostow's foreshadowing as to what lies ahead.

Be warned! Once you start Riverdale: The Day Before, this quicksand read will completely absorb you.

Riverdale fun facts!

(May contain *spoilers*)

1) Archie, Betty, and Jughead's original characters first appeared in issue #22 of Pep Comics on December 1941.

2) On the show, some of the foods Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica have consumed at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe include: milkshakes, coffee, onion rings, french fries, cheeseburgers, and turkey on rye (hold the tomatoes!)

3) Jughead's hat is called a "whoopee hat".

4) Riverdale: The Day Before is the first time that audiences hear from Jason Blossom.

5) During the season one finale, Archie punched through ice to save Cheryl. In real life, AJ (Archie) sat on a foam mat and repeatedly punched it.

6) In the Archie Comics, Jughead had a dog named Hot Dog.

7) Ever wonder what Betty was doing in LA? As it turns out, she was pursuing an internship! Read all about it in Riverdale: The Day Before.

8) Madelaine Petsch, who plays the role of Cheryl Blossom, actually started up a Twitter (@CherylBombShell) based on her character.

This complementary copy was kindly provided by the publisher. All thoughts regarding the book are my own.

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About the Book

Riverdale: The Day Before

by 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.

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About the Author

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


Prize: 3 copies of Riverdale: The Day Before & The Riverdale Student Handbook

US Only

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