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This is What I Did:

This is What I Did:

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by Ann Dee Ellis

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Imagine if you had witnessed something horrific.
Imagine if it had happened to your friend.
And imagine if you hadn't done anything to help.

That's what it's like to be Logan, an utterly frank, slightly awkward, and extremely loveable outcast enmeshed in a mysterious psychological drama. This


Imagine if you had witnessed something horrific.
Imagine if it had happened to your friend.
And imagine if you hadn't done anything to help.

That's what it's like to be Logan, an utterly frank, slightly awkward, and extremely loveable outcast enmeshed in a mysterious psychological drama. This story allows readers to piece together the sequence of events that has changed his life and changed his perspective on what it means to be a good friend and what it means to be a good person.

This is What I Did: is a powerful read with clever touches, such as palindrome notes, strewn throughout the story and incorporated into the unique design of the book.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Dee Ellis received her MA from Brigham Young University. This is her debut novel.

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This Is What I Did 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Zyler is gone. Logan is drowning in guilt. Will an attempt to make a new start really work?

Logan is a different kid. He has twin younger brothers whose lives revolve around sports. His dad cares, but he's busy. His mother is pregnant, something he'd rather not think too much about. They care, but they don't know what to do to help him.

Not a kid with lots of friends, Logan seems to manage to participate in life at a normal level. Boy Scouts offers him a chance to mingle with other boys his age, but most of them are bullies who use him for target practice. He does fairly well in school and is gutsy enough to try out for the school play and nail the greatest on-stage fight scene they've ever seen. He has friends (or at least acquaintances) that surround him and fill his life, but none like Zyler.

Zyler and Logan had a special friendship. They rode bikes together, did projects together, heck, even liked the same girl together. They knew each others' strengths and weaknesses. Logan even knew how Zyler's father treated his son, but respected Zyler's need for privacy.

Once again, Zyler is now gone, and Logan's family has chosen to move a short distance away to give Logan a fresh start. Hopefully a new school, new friends, and new activities will allow him to forget that night. Unfortunately, the guilt moved right along with Logan.

Ann Dee Ellis uses a unique style of prose to take readers into the mind of Logan Paloney. There is a bit of a wait for readers to discover the exact cause of Logan's oppressive guilt, but the journey is worth the effort. This disturbing story makes one wonder about the personal and private worlds of those around us. Logan's actions could have changed the outcome of events in one person's world, but is that a risk just anyone is willing to take?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is What I Did: is a fictional book by Ann Dee Ellis. The book is very good and interesting because you don¿t know what happened to Zyler and at the end you do. The setting was mostly at school, Logan¿s house, or Zyler¿s house. The major conflict is Logan has to deal with everybody around him making fun of him and picking on him everywhere he goes because his mom told everybody told everybody about what happened to him. Also, he has to deal with his best friend getting hurt or yelled at by his father. When Logan is at Scouts the kids make fun of him. Also, at school people make fun of him because of what his mom told everyone, which in the book it doesn¿t say anything about what his mom said. Lastly, his best friend, Zyler¿s dad hurts him for a lot of things that aren¿t even bad. At the end something bad happens to Zyler and his dad. The author¿s style was like a person telling the story. It was told in first person point of view. Logan was telling the story. The type of people who should read this book are they type of people who like surprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character, Logan, is a middle school student, who as he puts it, isn't the popular but isn't a loser. Logan's best friend, Zyler who is the type of kid everyone likes, as Logan puts it. Logan didn't know it but his friendship and his life is about to change. Of course it starts with Logan and his best friend Zyler talking about a girl, who Logan likes. Needless to say she has no interest in Logan, she has here eyes set on his best friend Zyler. Her and Zyler end up going on a little date, and that's were thing start to go wrong. After everything that has happened Logan's parents felt it best to move. Only thing wrong with that was that Logan's mother had to go around and tell all the new neighbors what happened. This of course leads to Logan being picked on and called horrible names. The neighborhood kid also do things like pee on his stuff and constantly try to start quarrels with him. Throughout the book he makes only one friend, a girl named Laurel, she is the only person who doesn't believe what she's heard. The end is not what you would aspect, but of course you'll have to read to find out. This book is a suspense/ drama, it takes place in a small lake town called judge. The story line of the book is realistic. I liked this book because it makes you feel so many different feelings throughout. I would recommend this book to people who like stories that don't end up like you think they should.
Wallflowered More than 1 year ago
This Is What I Did is great if you are into psychology, especially of adolescents or trauma. It is written in first person and allows you to feel what the main character, Logan, is feeling as he works out parts of his past and present and makes peace with what he witnessed. The main event of this book is of a sensitive subject, but there are very few graphic details. The author's writing style is very stream-of-consciousness. It's refreshing, easy to read, and makes it easy to connect with Logan. Recommended for teenagers and adults. Beware: it's a little slow at first, but definitely worth the while. You'll find yourself cheering for Logan.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Ann Dee Ellis wrote in such a way as to keep me turning the pages, waiting for a resolution, I was utterly disgusted and unhappy over the content. While not graphic, the main characters experience extreme child abuse, drunken parents, and attempted child rape. One of the character even attempts to kill his own father. To add insult to injury, the disappointing ending leaves the reader hanging with no promise of a resolution and instead, ends with a very poor joke which has nothing to do with the story. While the suggested reading age is 12 and older, I would not recommend this book to any person younger than 16, or those who enjoy hopefully, happy, or conclusive endings. I write this from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old devout fan of suspense thrillers and books with action in them. Be that as it may, I do not recommend this book whatsoever.