I'm writing about an adult character who grows up in the south and through a number of incidents, trouble etc, winds up overseas where she begins a new life. The character is therefore an adult but what happened to her as a child is important to that transformation. I'm not sure how to tackle it- either as memories looking back or as a more chronological movement from childhood through adulthood. The only problem with the second approach is that the reader may wonder where I am going with this and also, I want to make sure this is adult fiction and not for younger ages even though I write about a child. Any advice or input about how I can go about this? Any good examples of where this is done well?