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  • The Way I Used to Be

  • By: Amber Smith
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rough but Rewarding Read

  • By Amber Rae on 09-10-16

H.O.P.E.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Hold on, pain ends. Moral of the story, that doesn’t show up until the very very end. I agree with others in that due to the emotional content of the book, some parts are more difficult than others to get through. But it was such an amazing book. Extremely well written, and can give anyone proper insight into what it’s like to go through trauma, and the way it rewires your brain. Over the course of 4 years, you watch a girl break, stay broken for a long time, and then finally begin to heal. The ending is all I could ever ask for. It may not be based on a true story, but it might as well be. It’s just as real. And once again, just such an amazing book. It made me feel every emotion I think I could have. And I learned things I may not have ever known otherwise about the ways trauma manifests itself in some people. I think everyone should read this. The world would be a very different place.

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,352

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Dark But Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

It was a little difficult in the very beginning to get used to the voice of Jack, but that quickly passed and overall I think it made listening to the book rather than reading it that much more amazing. Hearing a little boy telling his story rather than reading the sometimes not great grammar and other things - you’re just able to understand Jack more. And I think it made the constant dialogue flow a lot easier and more naturally listening rather than reading.

But as for the book itself, holy sh*t. It was so heavy, but so necessary, and in the end so beautiful. Some parts were very overwhelming and I felt like I just needed to stop to take a break and cry in bed, but I guess that’s a good thing considering it was able to get right in my feelings and hit where it hurt. I loved it, and when I wasn’t listening found myself thinking about the book, the characters, and the things that were going on in it wherever I left off. It’s a very well written story. Uncomfortable at times, but that’s what makes it all the more accurate. I highly recommend you listen to it and watch the movie.

  • In Real Life

  • By: Joey Graceffa
  • Narrated by: Joey Graceffa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,224

Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of more than a million teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational online presence. Yet Joey wasn't always comfortable in his skin, and this memoir features the YouTube darling at his most candid, taking us on his journey from pain to triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing

  • By Ellie on 05-20-15

The Most Amazing Thing I've Ever Read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-15

Joey, I'm so proud of you. There is something in this book everyone can relate to. Whether it's trying to become comfortable with who you are, dealing with bullies, a rough situation at home, dreams you may think are too big- they're not. This book is everything I expected it to be and more, I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone I cross paths with in this world. It's everything. I read it 10pm on the release date - 12am the following day, then 6pm that day - 11pm that day. Then… it was finished. The most awe- inspiring and amazing thing I've ever read. I love you Joey. <3