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What I was
Meg Rosoff
Adult Fiction ROSOFF

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Former YA author Rosoff delivers an affecting buddy story about two adolescent boys in 1960s Britain. An unnamed man recounts his time as a disgruntled student at St. Oswald's boarding school; upon ditching an outdoor physical education class jog, he stumbles upon a mysterious fellow teen named Finn who lives alone and off the grid in a hut by the sea. The protagonist, enraptured by his newfound friend, makes it his business to spend as much time as possible with Finn, a major challenge considering school curfews and that the hut can only be accessed during low tide. Weeks go by and Finn falls ill, setting the stage for a surprising revelation that will dramatically transform both boys. Rosoff's unconventional coming-of-age tale is elegantly crafted, though some readers might be turned off by the narrator's unrelenting cynicism (particularly in his handling of another Oswald schoolboy), and the warning shots the narrator fires off about global warming are unnecessary. Nonetheless, Rosoff elegantly portrays how we often become who we need to be. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The author of the best-selling YA novel How I Live Now turns to adult fiction with this story of a sheltered upper-class British boy whose life is forever changed when he meets renegade lad Finn. With a five-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Unnamed
Male
Age: Teenager
Attended boarding school; becomes friends with Finn; fascinated by Finn; spends as much time as he can with his friend.
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Finn
Male
Age: Teenager
Loner
Lives alone in a hut by the sea; falls ill.



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