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The Day Before, by Lisa Schroeder
I really enjoyed this. I loved the poignant feel, the wisdom the two share with each other, the compassion in their bravery. As always, Lisa’s ability to express many emotions with only a few words made it that much more powerful. As with Lisa’s other books (I Heart You, Far From You, and Chasing Brooklyn), the story and characters find their way into your heart as you read. The story: Amber takes a day to go to the beach, even in winter, because she needs a way to gather strength to do what she has to do. There, she meets Cade, another who is gathering strength. Together, they build each other up and share their fears and courage. (YA verse contemporary, released 6/11, publisher: Simon Pulse)