The Way I Used to Be
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2017-03-07
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
I read Speak, All the Rage, Exit Pursued By a Bear and now ,The Way I Used To Be. I get that this is an important topic to read and write about in young adult literature. But it needs to be done so appropriately. I did not feel that The Way I Used to Be did that. Eden is raped by her brother's be...
This book is so well written. You not only feel the intensity of Eden's situation and how it affects her family, friends and social life but you also end up riding every emotional rollercoaster with her. It puts a very serious topic into a medium that we can all understand. I definitely recommend th...