Sixteen-year-old Amber, hoping to spend one perfect day alone at the beach before her world is turned upside down, meets and feels a strong connection to Cade, who is looking for his own escape, for a very different reason.
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•Titles by: Schroeder, Lisa. One moment can change everything. Amber's life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself. Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he's also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets. The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she's drawn to him. And the more she's troubled by his darkness. Because Cade's not just living in the now--he's living each moment like it's his last.
Gr 9 Up-In this novel-in-verse, Amber's life has become the stuff of supermarket tabloids. She's recently learned that her family is only her family due to a mix-up at birth. After the death of the girl who went home with her birth parents, the mix-up was revealed. Now her birth parents have legally won joint custody. Rather than spend her last day before departing for her forced visit in a long, sad goodbye, she steals away to spend a solitary day at the beach. While there, she meets Cade. He, too, is running from reality; in his case, the fear of serving as his Dad's liver donor the next day. The circumstances of Amber and Cade's chance meeting are only slowly revealed, which sustains an air of mystery for both the characters and readers. The day they spend together is sweet, if somewhat saccharine, but will certainly appeal to teens looking for a good, fast-paced whirlwind love story with a happy ending.
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