The Way I Used to Be

Book List

20 YA Books Featuring Strong Female Characters

by Janine Perez

Some of my favorite female role models are fictional (though I’m not discounting the real ones!). These ladies are strong, independent, and inspirational. Oh, and they’re basically all badasses. Whether they’re physically, mentally, or emotionally strong (or all three), they’re characters that make me want to be the best that I can be. They’re interesting, complex, […]

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Book List

16 Books That Will Make You Cry

by Casey Nugent

Is there anything better than a good cry? The emotional release I get from crying is so deeply satisfying that it can power me for days. There are so many books out there that move me to tears — because they’re particularly sad, or because they’re incredibly joyful, or because they just cut to the […]

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Author Guest Post

Amber Smith’s Writing Space

by Amber Smith

The New York Times Bestseller The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith (available as an extended excerpt until March 20th), is an incredible story of trauma, love, relationships, and life. We at Riveted can’t get enough of the book or the brilliance that is Amber Smith. That’s why we wanted to get a deeper look into […]

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Reasons to Read

3 Reasons to Read The Way I Used to Be

by Jill Hacking

Over the past few years, rape culture has been highlighted and called out more and more in the media. It’s something that should demand awareness, and I’m glad to see it getting the attention it deserves. While books that deal with tough stuff have (thankfully) been around for a while, there has always been so much push back […]

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Author Guest Post

The Way I Used to Be Playlist

by Amber Smith

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 […]

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Author Guest Post

Dear YA Me with Amber Smith

by Amber Smith

Dear 17-year-old me, Well, here I am, coming to you from the year 2016! You’re doing the math. Yes, that means you’ve nearly doubled your years on this planet. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe (for me too). So, first things first. Please stop smoking—it’s really not cool at all, and it will […]

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