What I Was

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What I Was

by Meg Rosoff

Blackstone Audio | January 24, 2008 | Audio Book (CD)

What I Was is rated 3 out of 5 by 4.
In this beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly poignant coming-of-age tale, an older man recounts the story of his most significant friendship—that with the nearly feral and completely parentless Finn, who lived alone in a hut by the sea.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 2.26 × 2.02 × 0.3 in

Published: January 24, 2008

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1433208504

ISBN - 13: 9781433208508

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from ***Quirky*** Quirky might not be the word anyone likes to hear as a description for a good read but...i picked this up on a whim. I found it well written in that the sentences seemed to flow- perhaps for some this may make the read a bit boring. I didnt think the book was in anyway homoerotic as some have said, i think given the main characters age and the "boarding school norm" his behaviour and sexuality could be anywhere on the scale between hetero and homo. If the characters had both been girls or been a boy and a girl then most people would go immediately to sexual tension. I dont think this was the point of the story. i found it spoke more to the innocence of a lonely boy wanting an emotional connection with anyone- regardless of their gender. Trying to prove himself to Finn all the time through small acts of kindness in reaction to his oppressive surroundings. I liked this book but only because i didnt expect it and i felt happy when he revisited the site as an adult. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Utterly uncaptivating I really do appologise for playing the critc here but I must say my opinion honestly. I thought that this book was boring but I have a policy: If you start a book, you must finish it, even though you dislike it so much. Anyway, the storyline is about a sisteen year olf schoolboy who is left off to a boarding school for the third time. While on a morning run with his class, he stumbles upon Finn, a kid whom lives by himself. As time passes, secrets are discovered and when Finn feels ill, the town discovers that he is really a she. Hence, Finn is a girl and not a boy. I didn't like this book at all but it was a good enough read for anyone.
Date published: 2008-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright, I Suppose I didn't enjoy What I Was as much as I did Rosoff's other two novels. The pace didn't move as fast, and what I was hoping to get out of the story in fact was just a cheat. Though a novel with lots of homoerotic subtext, it turns out that's just a titillating factor meant to cause confusion in the reader and the protagonist. When I got to the end, I felt cheated and confused, and very disappointed. Maybe if I had different expectations, it would have been better, but I can't rate this more than low average.
Date published: 2008-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than a love story I read an advance copy... this book reached out and pulled me in, old school. I couldn't stop reading it, or thinking about it when I wasn't. First you think it's a simple love story, and then you'll realize it's actually something ... else.
Date published: 2007-12-02

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What I Was

by Meg Rosoff

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 2.26 × 2.02 × 0.3 in

Published: January 24, 2008

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1433208504

ISBN - 13: 9781433208508

From the Publisher

In this beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly poignant coming-of-age tale, an older man recounts the story of his most significant friendship—that with the nearly feral and completely parentless Finn, who lived alone in a hut by the sea.

About the Author

MEG ROSOFF’s first novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the Branford Boase Award for a First Novel. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the Carnegie Medal and is short listed for the Costa Award (formerly Whitbread). Born in Boston, she moved in 1989 to London, where she lives with her husband and daughter."
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