Nomination: The Way I Used to Be

23546634Smith, Amber. The Way I Used to Be. 384p. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99 (978-1-481-44935-9). Gr. 9-up.

Eden, a shy high school freshman, is raped by her brother’s best friend. Scared that he will follow through on his threats, she keeps the assault secret – but the effects, emotional and physical, carry through during her four years of high school, evolving and breaking down the her relationships with her family, friends, school and community.

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