Review: The Way I Used to Be



In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

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, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

My Thoughts:

One day I will quit doing this to myself and reading books like this, but today is not that day!


The blurb of being compared to Speak had me interested, so I had to read it and I’m glad that I did.

It was interesting to me to see the long term effects throughout the course of her high school career and that this was not something she easily moved on from. It was hard to read Eden’s story at times, but that’s actually what made the book so good.

I cannot recommend this enough, but be sure that you have tissues handy because your heart will hurt for Eden and also cheer her on.

The Way I Used to Be released TODAY, so go get a copy ASAP!



2 thoughts on “Review: The Way I Used to Be

  1. Sarah Cone says:

    Sounds intense and heartbreaking… And I picture myself ending up under my blanket in the fetal position with wads of Kleenex surrounding me… So naturally, I can’t wait to read it!

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