What I Was

Publisher: Penguin

Meg Rosoff's narrator lives a spartan existence in a grim boarding school on the East Anglian coast. One day he glimpses Finn, a teenager who lives alone in a hut by the sea and fends for himself. Quickly the narrator becomes infatuated by the beautiful Finn and the freedom and romance his lifestyle represents. Despite Finn's seeming indifference, his admirer is drawn more and more frequently to the hut by the sea until eventually events take a more dangerous turn.

As ever, the author writes beautifully, drawing the reader in with slow, languid prose. This is the most 'adult' of Rosoff's novels to date and will certainly provoke discussion amongst those who read it.

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