my goal is to read five books before school starts back in the fall. I know five does not seem like a lot, but I know many who are reading a total of 0 zero, so five is a huge accomplishment in my eyes.
To start off the series, I began with a book that has been on my TBR for a very long time and I finally got around to reading it. The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith is a phenomenal story of a girl who is raped but keeps it a secret which throws her life into a spiral downward. She goes through many phases, heading down a deep dark path because of what she has gone through. Until finally, she uncovers her secret, and her world becomes a hopeful and better place.
This book shines a light on the effects of rape. It is not only physically damaging but emotionally and mentally damaging too. The writer beautifully shows how rape can change or more accurately ruin a person and their outlook on life, and how that then affects the people around them. It also shows how keeping it all inside can eat away at a person slowly. I recommend this book to any girl or any person that knows someone who has experienced this or has been a victim to rape themselves. You are not alone. And yes it is hard, but there are people out there that will help you. There are numbers you can call if you are in need. Don’t ever hold it inside, don’t let it tear you apart, You do not deserve that. No one does.
If you are a victim or know someone who is, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673)