What I Did

What I Did

Paperback - 2012
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When spirited six-year-old Billy Wright, out for an early-morning walk in the park with his father, runs into a busy street, his world is irreversibly altered, though he doesn't know it at the time. A passerby has seen Billy's father pull him from the road and spank him. Within an hour, she has informed social services, plunging the family into a waking nightmare that begins with a social worker's visit and escalates--thanks to bad luck, bad judgment and a series of misunderstandings--until the family is threatened to its core. Billy is one of the most captivating narrators in recent fiction: his idiosyncratic, frequently hilarious voice is an insightful guide through this tragicomic story about the unseen consequences of a split-second decision, about a childhood interrupted and about the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012
ISBN: 9781443409575
Branch Call Number: FIC WAK
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 23 cm


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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.

Jul 27, 2015

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

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.

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.

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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