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Amber Smith


Amber Smith

Amber Smith grew up in Buffalo, NY and now lives in Charlotte, NC with her two dogs. After graduating from art school with a BFA in Painting, she earned her MA in Art History. When she's not writing, she is working as a curator and freelance art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art. THE WAY I USED TO BE is her first novel.

Books by Amber Smith

by Amber Smith - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family and her past behind. But all of her dreams are shattered when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own. In a year of firsts, Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

by Amber Smith - Social Issues, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

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.