What I Did

What I Did

eBook - 2012
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"This is a story about a terrible thing which happens to me. I have to warn you that nobody is bad or good here, or rather everyone is a bit bad and a bit good and the bad and the good moluscules get mixed up against each other and produce terrible chemical reactions. Did you know cheetahs cannot retract their claws?" Six-year-old Billy loves animals, David Attenborough documentaries, and sneakers that flash when he runs. He does not love sitting still, the blood-soaked sky in Watership Down , or his father's cell phone. When Billy runs into a busy street, ignoring his father's commands, he sets in motion a series of unexpected, family-altering events. What I Did is a heart-wrenching reminder of how best intentions can lead to disastrous consequences, and how one rash decision can take on a life of its own.
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2012.
ISBN: 9780062121707
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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