Review-The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

What a powerful, visceral book. Painful reading, but the ending is hopeful. Eden is such a gut-wrenchingly endearing narrator, and she’s just so heartbreaking and raw. The formatting was fantastic. Dividing the book into freshman-senior years was a sharp way to show the longterm effects the rape has on Eden and her friendships and her attempts at dating and her interactions with her family. An example: she starts out referring to her parents as Mom and Dad, and by Senior Year, she’s calling them Vanessa and Conner. An important read, even if I cried steadily the entire time. ~Allison Senecal



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