Day Before

Day Before

Just one day when everything is perfect, that's all Amber wants - before the journey, before the changes that will leave her different forever. Meeting Cade on the Oregon beach is perfect, but she worries about what he's running from. So much can change in one day...

When her parents split up, Amber took refuge in drumming with her rock band, dissecting school rumors with best friend Madison, watching sappy late-night movies with Mom. The news took them all by surprise, three years ago. Switched at birth by mistake - sounds like something in the tabloids.

Somehow she's really the biological daughter of a Texas couple, who discovered the mixup when their same-birthdate daughter died of a rare disorder. Bloodtypes didn't match, records were back-traced, and suddenly Amber is someone else... and her birth parents long to meet her.

So she's taking this last day as just Mom and Dad's daughter to do her favorite Oregon things - walk the beach, toes in the cold Pacific, visit the aquarium. There she meets Cade, a guy her age who's also taking a personal day off from school, revisiting favorite childhood seaside places. But he's not just skipping school; like Amber, he's here as if he might not ever see them again.

What's Cade running from?
Could he see her as Amber-the-Girl instead of Amber-the-Drummer?
Why, oh why, does she have to leave tomorrow?

This novel-in-verse chronicles Amber's perfect day with Cade, punctuated with letters from her old and new family, sprinkled with jelly beans, laced through and through with worry about her future, his future, their future.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at

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