Welcome to our tour for The Way I Am Now. This title is the follow up to The Way I Used to Be and tackles some difficult topics such as healing and sexual assault. Please consider yourself before picking up this moving novel.
The Way I Am Now
by Amber Smith
Release Date: November 7, 2023
Genre: YA contemporary, mental health, high school, trauma
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This is a sequel, and we’d hate to give any spoilers, so we have the synopsis of book 1: THE WAY I USED TO BE below!
Eden and Josh decide to give their relationship another chance in this much anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Way I Used to Be that explores how to move forward after trauma—in life and in love.
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.
What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak of friendships broken and rebuilt, all while learning to embrace the power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.
About the Author
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including the international bestseller, The Way I Used to Be, as well as her critically acclaimed sophomore novel, The Last to Let Go, award-winning Something Like Gravity, and most recently, The Way I Am Now, the highly anticipated sequel to BookTok sensation, The Way I Used to Be. Along with her middle grade debut, Code Name: Serendipity, she also contributed to the award-winning YA anthology, Our Stories, Our Voices. An advocate for increased awareness of mental health, gendered violence, and LGBTQIA+ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her wife and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats.