The Way I Used to Be Book Reviews

Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith Book Summary

A New York Times bestseller.

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.

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Book Name The Way I Used to Be
Genre Coming of Age
Language English
E-Book Size 4.28 MB

The Way I Used to Be (Amber Smith) Book Reviews 2023

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Beautifully heartbreaking. This book is amazing! I started and finished it within a day. I highly recommend it.

one of the best books I've ever read.. this book is written so real and so uncensored. it demonstrates the reality of rape and is such a beautiful book. I read it in 24 hours. it changed my life. highly recommend this book. just beware for the graphic content in it...

The Way I Used To Be. This book is one of my favorite books I have ever read. It gives you a heart touching experience of Eden and her troubles. I would definitely recommend the book to everyone. I just am blown of how well the author wrote the hook, and liked how she told it in 4 parts. It gave me a great understanding about how much a problem can impact your Life. Thank you!

Absolutely amazing!. This book is truly an eye opener to today's world. I strongly feel that everyone should have the chance to read this book. It had me in tears from beginning to end, definitely the best book I've ever read.

Touching story. You learn a lot. Highly recommended. It’s great if you want a sincere heartfelt story. This book means a lot.

wow. one of my favs 😋 i love how she split it up and how there were struggles each yr

Amazing!. I had this book sitting on my book shelf for a couple months so I finally just picked it and started reading.. and never stopped! I read the whole thing in 7 hours. Truly amazing read. It doesn't need one but if there was a second book about the aftermath I would be overjoyed! I would recommend this book to everyone! Books like these make me wish i had more friends that read so I can have someone to share the experience with..

Wonderful read. I read this book in just a day and I have to say it’s really shaped my life tremendously. This book was so incredibly hard to put down and walk away from.

The way I used to be is the perfect title for this story... This book was astounding.. the way it breaks down every emotion this character feels throughout her high school journey as she tries to recover from something that shatters her entire world. Wonderfully written. I felt so many emotions and even some tears shed after this. Highly recommend.

The Way I Used To Be. Okay, I don't really know where to start, this book was just simply amazing. Josh and Edy was the best thing in this book and I wish there was a 2nd one. It kind of hit me hard In and emotional and good way. Thank you so much!💗

Amazing. This was an amazing book. It made me cry and hole for Edy. I am so upset that such a sweet girl could go through that much trauma.

Please read this book!. After I read this book I couldn't stop thinking about it. It is one of the few books I would never forget. Please thank the time out off your day to read this book👌

Best read of the year!!!. From the moment I started reading this book I was captivated. Thank you for shining a light on such a horrendous, but all to common hidden truth.

Outstanding. My soul has been shattered

Everything is great except... The book is really good and hooks you right away but the ending is just not as good as everything else was. It’s almost like the author wanted to be just done and just finished it without trying.

Triggering, but OH SO good. Being someone who’s experienced sexual assault, this was tough.. this doesn’t, however, take away from the book at all. When “what-ifs” turn into “maybes”…

Gut wrenching. This book although fiction represents how majority of rape victims feel. It is definitely not easy to report when these things happen because the victim often feel like “the bad guy”. That being said, I applaud the author for showing the readers the realistic transition that Eden made from being the girl that was afraid of the word “rape” to being the girl who was facing her fears head on. P.S where can I sign up to get a Joshua Miller???

Wow.. I have no words for this book other than absolutely heartbreaking but so so realistic and truthfully in all ways. One of the best books I have ever had the PRIVILEGE of reading.

Amazing. Probably the best book I have ever read. It has such emotion and rawness to it that just keeps you drawn in the entire time.

A need to read. A beautifully written coming of age story, the perfect mixture of being a tearjerker eye-opener, and heart softening book.

Wow.. A friend recommended this book and I’m thankful she did! This book is so interesting and detailed and just written so perfectly. It’s hard for me to find a book I don’t get bored with or try and skip some pages cause it’s boring, but not this book. It had me reading til 3am and sometimes I wouldn’t sleep! Trust me it’s a MUST READ

This book was amazing. I loved it from beginning to end nothing but tears the whole time. Loveeeeee it

well executed. the start to finish was amazing i've never read anything so well put together regard the topic of rape and how it affects not only the victim but also the people they are around. i would've liked for the ending to be elongated but i get the happy end trope. i would recommend to anybody who's interested in monologue.

AMAZING. My favorite book EVER. MUST READ!!,

close to home. this hit deep to me… a lot of relatable instances that really shook me to my core. thank you for this book, thank you for writing about things some of us are never able to tell. thank you.

Tragic Truth. This story has many elements of familiarity from my life experiences- my own and friends. Eden’s self destruction was challenging to read at times, but realistic. Unfortunately, I have never seen the type of familial, friend, or even law enforcement support in real life that Eden ultimately receives, but this is balanced with the hard truth of all the “maybes” at the conclusion. A good read that reminds us that there hope can survive even in tragedy.

Loved it!. This is such a good book! So well written and really captures you when you’re reading. I swear I cried like twenty times reading this but it had such a good plot I was totally hooked from beginning to end. I was a little frustrated at the end because I wanted more since it sort of left off with a cliffhanger.

Incredible. Started slow but then I couldn’t put it down!!

Great read but felt unfinished. I think the book should have been a little longer or have second book into after she has finally revealed her secret a lot is about to happen we want to know if she goes through a trial, does she make amends with her friends, does she get her life back on track, is she able to have a healthy relationship with someone?(wish she would give Josh a chance)

The way I used to be. A good read! Money well spent! It’s so refreshing to read a story with a good plot, bonus points for it being well written!!! I do wish it could have been longer or a second book at least but still it was great. So heartfelt, emotional, rare and real

Okay. It really touched on personal subjects and wasn’t for the weak. I more wished to see her end up with someone, or more dialogue of how things went when kevin was back

Truly Amazing. Probably my favorite book.. i cried reading it, and i couldn’t even put my phone away. I was staying up till 5am reading this wishing i could stay up longer.

Amazing work!. I have never cried so much reading a book. This was beautifully written. I am thankful for this book, it has reignited my passion for reading.

Amazing. It was insane how well the author portrayed edens feelings and thoughts about the incident. I felt like I could truly understand why she was the way she was and it made me tear up.

10/10. Have tissues on standby

Amazing book.. Really showed just how much a traumatic event like that can effect every aspect of ones life... excellent work.

AMMMMAZING!. This book was excellent!!!!! It truly takes you through the situations of a young girl who experienced such a tragic accident. I read the book in two days. I definitely never wanted to put it down!!

4 stars. 4 stars

Amazing book. I’m speechless the way you describe every moment she felt after that “rape “ your life change after someone rape you just like my life change.

Great!. This is a profound book. I felt connected to the characters and her writing brings to light an injustice that is far too common. I hope that this book helps us to see the damage it does when victims are silenced. If you're looking for a meaningful book, this is it.

Must Read!. This book was absolutely superb. I honestly couldn't put it it down! It was written with such heart and intelligence it falls into my favorites! Emotion was captured in a way I couldn't help but feel. Very glad I read this book.

My favorite book ever!. This book is so good. I hate reading but am forced to read for school and i am so glad i found this book. I could not stop reading it, i am honestly so surprised i found a good book that i couldnt put down! I recommend to everyone

Amazing. Hooked from beginning to end

Read in one day!. This book was amazing. It was real, honest, open and heart breaking. Many people say that books are a window into peoples souls or lives and this one truly is. I would reccomend this to anyone and everyone. I really hope she writes a second book!

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Summary of The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The The Way I Used to Be book written by Amber Smith was published on 22 March 2016, Tuesday in the Coming of Age category. A total of 942 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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