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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,843 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Rosoff Narrator: Ralph Cosha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What I Was is a beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly poignant coming-of-age tale that is set mainly in a hut on an isolated strip of land in East Anglia. The narrator is an older man who recounts the story of his most significant friendship—that with the nearly feral and completely parentless Finn, who lives alone in a hut by the sea. He idolizes Finn and spends as much time with him at the beachside hut as possible, hoping to become self-reliant and free instead of burdened by the boarding school dress code and curfew. But the contrast between their lives becomes ever more painful, until one day the tables turn and everything our hero believes to be true explodes—with dire consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting…Readers will emerge much shaken, a little wiser, and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[What I Was] makes us fall in love not only with Finn but also with the Suffolk coast, the land, the sky and the sea passionately described in airy and crystalline prose. It’s already a classic.”

    Sunday Times

  • “[A] remarkable friendship story…What a shocking ending!…Cosham’s husky, mature voice fits well with the older man’s reminiscence.”


  • “The poignant reminiscences of an old man about the life-changing experiences of his sixteenth year are recounted with spellbinding immediacy and evocative language.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/17/2014

    " Never would have guessed the ending. Loved that about it. Odd book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vashtaylamiria | 2/15/2014

    " Described boarding school well! The book has what one would describe as a "surprise" endin but I figured it out right away! Perhaps because I had Comarative Literature as a major? At any rate clues abound! See if you can figure it out! From what I have heard from friends who have been in them, she captured the feeling of boredom and cruelty of English boarding schools well! The ending was very disappinting to me on so many levels! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauralie | 2/12/2014

    " Another book that I read because I was familiar with the author. How I Live Now, I read a couple of years ago and thought it was exceptional. I was dissapointed with What I Was' 'twist', and felt this book paled in comparison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel VB | 1/31/2014

    " Beautiful.Beautiful. The most beautiful novel I've read in a very, very, very long time. "

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