Author Guest Post

The Way I Used to Be Playlist

March 7, 2017
Amber Smith
Author of The Way I Used to Be
Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be is very much a must read! In the year it’s been out, it has received an overwhelming number of positive reviews. Here are just a few:


“This is a poignant book that realistically looks at the lasting effects of trauma on love, relationships, and life….Teens will be reminded of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. VERDICT An important addition for every collection.”
—School Library Journal


“This is far from a feel-good read, but I can’t implore how necessary it is to read a book like this one . . . As unforgettable and stirring as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Smith’s provocative debut is best described as a survival story with hope and anger serving as prominent themes so fully explored they simmer off the page.”
—The Young Folks


“The Way I Used To Be is an intensely gripping and raw look at secrets, silence, speaking out, and survival in the aftermath of a sexual assault. A must-have for every collection that serves teens.”
—SLJ / Teen Librarian Toolbox


“Don’t let a book of this magnitude pass you by. Pick it up and read it because Eden’s story demands to be read.”
—Once Upon a Twilight

The reviews can attest to the impact of The Way I Used to Be. There isn’t anything that could make this read more powerful…except perhaps adding a soundtrack. To that end, Amber Smith has provided a playlist for all of us to bring our reading experience to the next level. If you haven’t bought the book yet, listen to the playlist while reading our extended excerpt (available until March 20th).

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