The Way I Used to Be, written by Amber Smith is an incredible novel that takes you through the life of a girl named Eden, who was raped right before the start of her freshman year in high school. Throughout the novel, you vividly experience her struggles and hardships after what happened to her. She experiences major PTSD, stemming from the fact that she is afraid to tell anyone that her older brother’s beloved best friend has raped her.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to experience Eden’s emotions and experiences through her eyes. Although, if this type of thing is a trigger for you, I would not recommend reading it. This book gave me a lot of insight and helped me understand the life of someone who has experienced something as serious as rape. I hope you read this book because it is truly the best book I have read!