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The Way I Am Now: The Way I Used to Be, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Absorbing, emotional story of recovering from trauma.

The Way I Am Now book cover: Two dandelion seed puffs twine at the stems, each with about half the seeds gone and with lots of individual seeds floating around them against a purple background

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This is a thoughtful and emotional story about recovery from trauma. Although a little time has passed since the events of the first book, The Way I Am Now seamlessly brings us up to date with Eden and Josh. Author Amber Smith creates a believable portrayal of the long and rollercoaster-like journey toward healing from trauma, seeking justice, and wanting to be and do better. Having Eden and Josh take turns narrating events keeps the story moving and makes sure we see things from both their points of view, but Josh's troubles aren't quite as keenly felt or developed as Eden's are.

Although there are still parts that are difficult to read, the focus is more on the long, slow, but more positive process of recovery and healing, and understanding that you are worthy of being loved. It ends on a positive note that will please Eden's fans.

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