By Amber Smith
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
THE WAY I USED TO BE is a provocative story featuring Eden, a fourteen year old girl who is raped early in the story by a friend she knows and trusts. The story masterfully deals with the many emotions that trauma can trigger. Eden’s journey is tumultuous and heart-wrenching, and allows readers to connect with her sense of hopelessness, regardless of whether they have shared a similar experience. The principal struggle involves the cost of living with lies and secrecy, and while most of the story is quite bleak, it ends on a hopeful note.