What I Did

What I Did

3.36 (396 ratings by Goodreads)
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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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 203 x 17mm | 218g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062121693
  • 9780062121691
  • 2,242,270

Back cover copy

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.
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Review quote

"Wakling creates believable conflict from the everyday facts of a child going just too far and a parent losing it . . . The novel is a strong depiction of a family in crisis."--Sunday Age (Melbourne)
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Rating details

396 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 13% (53)
4 32% (127)
3 35% (140)
2 16% (62)
1 4% (14)
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