The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be

Amber Smith

367 pages first pub 2016 (editions)

fiction contemporary young adult dark emotional sad medium-paced

Description

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. ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 9,202 reviews

Moods

emotional 91%
sad 83%
dark 65%
tense 43%
challenging 39%
reflective 30%
hopeful 17%
inspiring 14%
informative 9%
adventurous 1%
mysterious 1%

Pace

medium 56%
fast 28%
slow 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 67% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 3%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | Yes: 33% | No: 11% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 52% | Yes: 22% | N/A: 15% | It's complicated: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 74% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.15

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