Reading Challenge Book Review: What I Was by Meg Rosoff

The reading challenge is coming to an end this Thursday, so be sure to get your booklets in to the library or your English teacher by then!

We’ve been very pleased with some of the excellent book reviews that have been written. Here’s one from Madiha in 8T, on Meg Rosoff’s What I Was.

After reading How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, I knew this book was going to be great and it certainly lived up to my expectations; this was an amazing book to read.

The story is narrated by a 100-year-old man who is retelling the story of how he first found love. After being thrown out of two boarding schools, the main character is sent to St Oswald’s on the East Anglian coast and there he meets Finn, a mysterious boy with no past who lives alone in a fisherman’s hut. He is increasingly drawn to Finn, and yearns to be near him. Fascinated by Finn’s strong and independent lifestyle, he spends all his free time away from classes to spend hours kayaking, crab-fishing and getting to know more of Finn’s hidden life through silent communion.

However, through discovering their new friendship, the book takes a sharp turn when Finn falls dangerously ill. At this point, the main character discovers the truth about Finn. I was stunned when I found out and that is what particularly made me love the book but I’m not going to give away any spoilers.

I think What I Was is a very well written book and has some beautiful descriptions that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has an amazing plot and even better ending, but I think, for me, there was a little something missing from the end that could have made it completely perfect. I would certainly recommend this book and would rate it 9/10.