The Way I Used to Be
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.
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.
My favorite book EVER. MUST READ!!,
- Level: Grades 9 and Above
- Category: Coming of Age
- Published: Mar 22, 2016
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English