What I Did — TLC Book Tour

I received a copy of What I Did from the publisher as part of a TLC Book Tour.  All opinions in this review are my own.  Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity!

It’s not often that I read a book that I’m excited to tell everyone about, that I recommend to everyone asking for book recs, that I want to read again as soon as I’ve put it down.  It doesn’t happen often, but What I Did by Christopher Wakling is exactly that kind of book.

What I Did is told from the perspective of 6-year-old Billy, and in the vein of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Room, the voice is spectacularly done.  Wakling manages to capture the essence of being a 6-year-old boy obsessed with animals and still tell a cohesive, raw tale of family interactions.

“I also have to warn you that nobody is bad or good here, or rather everyone is a bit bad and a bit  good and the bad and good moluscules get mixed up against each other and produce terrible chemical reactions…

Did you know cheetahs cannot retract their claws?”

What happens to Billy and his family could happen to anyone.  If you thought a child was in danger, would you step in?  What if someone thought you were the danger?  Perhaps at the park you grabbed your child a little too roughly to keep them out of harm’s way.  Or you yelled a little too loudly.  What if someone saw you?  What if that someone made a call?

What I Did deals with exactly that kind of situation.  It’s what happens when a simple incident spirals out of control and the truth gets confused or misconstrued…especially the truth as told by a 6-year-old.  And since I hate when book reviews give too much away, I’ll stop there.

Seriously, though, add this one to your list.  It’s my new top book recommendation!

You can learn more about Christoper Wakling and What I Did on his website, by following him on twitter, or by checking out this Q&A with Wakling.  His blog also includes some great posts written by Billy.  Definitely worth checking out to get a taste of the character’s voice.

Anyone out there read this yet?  I’d love to discuss it with you!


  1. Billy’s situation is one that any family could easily find themselves in – that’s what makes it so scary to me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  2. Do you have it? Can I borrow it?

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