Saturday, June 13, 2009
What I Was by Meg Rosoff
I read this book for my book club- we needed something a bit lighter for June!
This book is set in 1962 when 16 year old "H" is dropped off at his third boarding school on the coast of England. Everything you have ever heard or read about the dismal experiences at English boarding schools is true of St. Oswald's. "H" is determined to survive his year without putting in any effort into his school work or making friends. He has been at so many boarding schools that he knows how to play the game.
H's life changes though when he meets Finn. A boy living off the grid in society. Finn doesn't go to school, lives by himself and survives on his wits and courage. H and Finn develop a rather strange friendship. Being together is all H can think of, but it becomes very difficult for H to escape the school and the curious other boys at the school.
Meg Rosoff writes some very strange books. Her other book How I Live Now was also a strange story. I haven't really decided if I like her stuff or not. I am looking forward to chatting about this book in early July with others who have read the story.