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With a first novel as stunning as How I Live Now under her belt, Meg Rosoff has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, What I Was doesn’t disappoint. Trapped in a shudder-inducing coastal boarding school, and fixated with a beautiful boy who lives alone by the sea, a nameless narrator is drawn into a compelling tale of friendship-maybe-love. Expect a truly sincere portrait of desire, with an ending you can’t possibly guess. Haunting, intense and with a stinging twist in the tail, this saga of first love on the misty marsh coast is like nothing you will ever read again.

This book contains some mature content.

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Penguin Books Ltd

Date published

May 1st, 2008

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  • 208 pages



  • Scholastic Reading Pro Pack: Lexile Level 910-1250 (Lower Secondary) x 42

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Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff was born in 1956 in Boston, USA. She studied at Harvard University and left for England in 1977 to enter St Martin’s School of Art, later returning to finish her degree at Harvard. She worked in New York City for 10 years in publishing and advertising, before moving to England.

She has written four novels for teenagers, as well as several picture books. Her first novel, How I Live Now, was published to great acclaim in 2004, winning the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for both the Whibread Children’s Book Award and the Orange First Novel Prize.

Her second novel, Just in Case (2006), about a hunted 15-year-old boy, won the 2007 Carnegie Medal, and her third, What I Was was also shortlisted for several major awards. Her latest book, The Bride’s Farewell is her first historical novel, telling the tale of a nineteenth century girl who flees on the morning of her wedding.


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