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Review: The Way I Used to Be

Good evening and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fantastic day! 🙂
I’m here today with a review of The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, which is definitely one of my new favourite books! It was very emotionally intense and heartbreaking, but it was so beautifully executed.
Hope you enjoy!


The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 376
Publication Date: March 2017
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel “is a poignant book that realistically looks at the lasting effects of trauma on love, relationships, and life” (School Library Journal, starred review).
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.
What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, all while learning to embrace the power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Way I Used to Be? What were your thoughts on it?
Have you read any of Amber Smith’s other books? Are they on your TBR?
What is the most emotional book that you’ve ever read?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below! 😉

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great week!
Until next time! ❤

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