mber 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 shes not writing, she is working as a curator and 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.
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance
Amber Smith recommends
Teach Me to Forget (2016)
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The Rattled Bones (2017)
S M Parker
"In this chilling story of grief, ghosts, and secrets, Parker leads you on a journey that reveals a deep and unexpected connection between the past and the present. Full of twists and turns, darkness and light, THE RATTLED BONES will stay with you long after you ve turned the last page."
When We Were Worthy (2017)
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
"When We Were Worthy is a poignant, haunting story of truths and secrets - the power of tragedy to unravel an entire community, and then stitch it back together - I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough."
The Nowhere Girls (2017)
"THE NOWHERE GIRLS cuts straight to the core of rape culture--fully exploring its destructive nature through a cast of girls who find their voices, and their strength, as they unite in a quest for justice. With rare insight and profound authenticity, Amy Reed has crafted a masterfully fierce, stirring, and deeply empowering story of hope and courage."
Now Is Everything (2017)
"Powerful and haunting, Now is Everything explores the complexities of family and abuse, as we follow one girl on her courageous journey to choose love over hate and hope over fear."
The Wicked Deep (2018)
"THE WICKED DEEP is more than just a scary story, it is a tale with substance and depth, one of magic and curses, betrayal and revenge, but most importantly, it is a story about the redemptive power of love to make even the worst wrongs, right."
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The Looking Glass (2018)
"A poignant, beautifully-woven story, THE LOOKING GLASS explores all the complexities of love, loss, family, and healing, as we follow one girl on a powerful journey of self-discovery."
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