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Review: The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

When I started this review I asked myself "Does a book in verse deserve a review in verse?" The answer is a no, mostly because I couldn't do this book justice. So here's just a regular review.

I think most people at some point in their lives wonder if they were switched at birth.  Maybe you're the lone academic in a family of athletes or perhaps you have green eyes and everyone else has blue, whatever it is, everyone feels like an outsider sometimes even in the one place they should always feel safe.  Unfortunately for Amber, she found out a few years ago that she really doesn't belong in her family.  She was switched at birth and now her "real" family wants her back.

This book in verse flows like stream of consciousness, but what I loved where the letters from Amber's biological parents that were interspersed throughout the book.  The reader learns so much about what happened and how Amber ended up where she is, that the letters really stand out from the back drop of the subtle verse.

Amber decides that before she leaves for Texas and her new/original family, she wants to have one whole day to herself.  She chooses the day before she leaves and goes to the beach.  But what happens from there is so entirely unexpected and intriguing I don't even want to give anything else away. 

Just know that if you're looking for a quick read, with serious emotions, then definitely given The Day Before a whirl.

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