What I Was "I'm not one of those heroes who attracts admiration for his physical attributes," announces the narrator of Meg Rosoff's intense, dreamy short novel, What I… What I Was "I'm not one of those heroes who attracts admiration for his physical attributes," announces the narrator of Meg Rosoff's intense, dreamy short novel, What I… 2008-01-24 Fiction Viking
Book Review

What I Was (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2008; Writer: Meg Rosoff; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Viking

''I'm not one of those heroes who attracts admiration for his physical attributes,'' announces the narrator of Meg Rosoff's intense, dreamy short novel, What I Was. ''Picture a boy, small for his age, ears stuck at right angles to his head, hair the texture of straw and the color of mouse.'' Enrolled in a mediocre British boarding school, our homely protagonist swoons over Finn, a local boy with all the grace and good looks he lacks. But nothing is quite what it appears, including the novel itself. What begins as the familiar story of a delicate adolescent crush soon mutates into a twisty melodrama both fascinating and forced. B

Originally posted Jan 25, 2008 Published in issue #976 Feb 01, 2008 Order article reprints
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