What I Did

What I Did

Paperback - 2011
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"This is family life today at its most believable: warm and messy, bored and raging....I LOVED IT."
--Emma Donoghue, author of the New York Times bestseller Room

What I Did by Christopher Wakling is a truly astonishing novel--the chronicle of a family crisis that is equal parts hilarity, poignancy, and horror, told in the singular voice of a most precocious youngster. Room meets The Slap meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Wakling's tour de force concerns one rash act that pitches a six-year-old boy and his hapless parents into the center of a social services maelstrom. What I Did is contemporary fiction at its most enthrallingly original--poignant, powerful, and extremely funny--a miraculous work that prompted London's Daily Mail to declare it "the novel that should have won the Booker prize."
Published: New York : William Morrow, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780062121691
0062121693
Branch Call Number: F WAK
Characteristics: 282 p. ;,21 cm.

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jackiehenley
May 30, 2016

I really enjoyed the child narator. The idiosyncracies and tangents were charming, amusing and an interesting puzzle to both understand and understand if they were part of the story or just a wandering intellect. The word play was amusing. Because it is from the child's perspective you often don't know what is really happening, but I don't mind that ambiguity.

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Mothercat
Jul 27, 2015

Great story, loved the voice of the 6-year old narrator!

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Jamore
Aug 23, 2012

The idea of the book is very interesting, and as a parent of young children, pretty easy to identify with but I found the writing in this book hard to follow. I get that it's supposed to be from a child's viewpoint, but at times, it could have benefitted from an omniscient narrator.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jun 09, 2012

I found the 6-year-old story-teller very annoying. Trying to be authentic (I suppose) it was like the kid had ADD - one line of story mixed up with 5 lines of animal trivia. Either I got used to it or it got better as I read farther but the first half of the book was a struggle. Only the story line kept me going. Felt bad for the father as the social workers blew the whole incident out of proportion and had no idea how to interpret what the child was really saying.

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trizen
May 15, 2012

While this was a good read, it did not quite live up to my expectations. I appreciated the child's perspective and can see how things derailed to the point they did, but I was expecting a bit more.

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