What I Was

What I Was

by Meg Rosoff
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What I Was 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Black_Violets More than 1 year ago
I am a big Meg Rosoff fan after reading How I Live Now but this book completely let me down. I have no problems with hard subjects or anything like that but this book seemed to drift.... the idea was great but the plot and writing was completely dull. The only thing that kept me reading was getting to the end. The end is why i gave it 2 stars instead of one. It starts out with a simple boy trying to find his way in a school he hates but the plot turns to him having some sort of crush on another boy ... this could have been great but it wasn't. If you want a good book read How I live Now by her or Just in Case and skip this one.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
H looks back over the decades to the moment that defined his life. His father determined that H was to attend St. Oswald¿s on the East Anglia coast and dumps his teenage offspring there. Having a lot of freedom prior to the drop off, H struggled with the school¿s rules and the decorum expected of him by his three roommates (Barrett, Gibbon and Reese).

Bored, the sixteen years old H wanders the nearby beach when he meets Finn, a squatter living in a ramshackle fisherman¿s hut. Finn is beautiful and alive in spite of his being an orphan whose only companions are books and a cat. H and Finn become friends doing things together like fishing, sailing, and crab cooking. However, their idyll ended with death, scandal and a police inquiry. Now eight decades later, Finn returns to East Anglia JUST IN CASE he does not know.

This engaging character study starts off a bit slow as readers share the ennui engulfing Finn. However, once Finn and H become friends, the story line accelerates into a combination buddy-coming of age drama. Well written and insightful fans will appreciate Meg Rosoff¿s fine tale of paradise found and paradise lost.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this one, it started off a bit slow, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Soon enough it picked up. A sweet, innocent and sad coming of age story, beautifully told. The end was a surprise and I felt sad for chances and friendships lost and stories told. Moving and compelling this is a good read.