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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,023 ratings  ·  245 reviews

Imagine if you had witnessed something horrific.
Imagine if it had happened to your friend.
And imagine if you hadn't done anything to help.

That's what it's like to be Logan, an utterly frank, slightly awkward, and extremely loveable outcast enmeshed in a mysterious psychological drama. This story allows readers to piece together the sequence of events that has changed h
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

Zyler is gone. Logan is drowning in guilt. Will an attempt to make a new start really work?

Logan is a different kid. He has twin younger brothers whose lives revolve around sports. His dad cares, but he's busy. His mother is pregnant, something he'd rather not think too much about. They care, but they don't know what to do to help him.

Not a kid with lots of friends, Logan seems to manage to participate in life at a normal level.
Another story about some horrific teen episode (and I don't mean to sound jaded, because there's enough horrific crap out there happening to teens and everyone else.)

Usually I feel like I've been blessed by GMBA nominees... this one was a skimmer. The best part being the last 4 or 5 pages (and I'm not being snide, really.)

Just 3.5 stars, rightly rounded up

Despite the slightly poor title, this is a sad, moving and profound but totally unpretentious book. Violence (especially inflicted by parents to children) and attempted sexual assault are referenced, but are given a delicate, sensitive treatment that is not at all graphic but also don't shy away from the horror. This is a difficult balance but Ellis strikes it perfectly.

Logan's silence is amazingly written; like Melinda Sordino in Speak, it never becomes repetit
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I recently read Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and although I enjoyed this atypical Victorian novel for several reasons, I was absolutely arrested by a few lines Bronte addresses to her readers in her preface to the second edition of the book. It seems that the first edition was met with some criticism because of her portrayal of a woman trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage. In choosing this subject matter, Bronte was exposing a hidden struggle that society was not ready to see ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Part verse, part screenplay, this book was written in a very interesting and effective way. The story was very interesting - Logan is a quiet yet still intriguing character. He is quiet and won't talk to anybody about what he's experienced, but the silence is put across very effectively and not in an irritating manner. I enjoyed Logan's relationship with his parents - although they were certainly not perfect, they were supportive of him. I also found Logan's relationship with Laurel to be very i ...more
Read in one day, a work day even, I could not put this book down until I found out what the young narrator DID or didn't do, as the case may be. It involves a situation with his best friend, a girl they both were crushing on, and one heckuva scary father. After THAT night, poor Logan is moved to a different neighborhood by his family, to a place and school where no one will know what happened and he can get a fresh start. But does he want one, or will he find that he is trapped by his past? This ...more
Logan's parents have moved to a different neighborhood, changed his schools, are taking him to a counselor. Nothing is helping. There are bullies in the new neighborhood. Logan is awkward and still doesn't have friends at the new school and he won't talk to the counselor. Logan things that if he acts like everything is fine around his family, they will stop bothering him.

But it's not. He's not only being bullied at school, but the same kids are bullying him at Scouts. It's bad and Logan doesn't
I am always on the look out for books that my boys who say, "I don't read" will love to read. I had great success with Knucklehead, Peak and Touching Spirit Bear. I pulled This is What I Did off the library shelf, attracted to the staccato style of writing. Ann Dee Ellis does an effective job creating a narrator who is reluctant to narrate, often not speaking for chunks of time. I appreciated the honesty with which she wrote Logan and I think my student would too. The plot is non-linear which al ...more
Karla Rodriguez
Period 14-15
This is what i did
Ann Dee Ellis
157 pages
November 6,2009
Book rating: 8

I think that zyler made a major importance in the book because aven though he is a minor character in the book, Logan and zyler are best friends even though they like the same girl they are still friends. In the end zyler and the girl they both liked go out and zyler leaves without no one knowing and Logan is still friends with Zyler even though Zyler took the the girl he liked.
It was soooo good!
I cant even explain it.
I just know that whoever reads this should read it and they beter like it:)
but seriously it was a really great book
It made me sad at times because of the way they treated him and stuff and they thought they knew his story but they didnt.
this will make no sense to someone who hasn't read it so...
Three reasons I loved this book: (1) Excellent use of silence--it's like Pinter for the younger set. (2) The colon at the end of the title, particularly when paired with: (3) One of my favorite book covers of the year; not only is it eye-catching in its starkness, it also represents the story more than most covers manage to do, particularly in YA lit.
In this book, our main character, Logan, goes through much adversity throughout his middle school life. From transferring schools, moving houses, and witnessing an event very horrific, his life is changed forever. Throughout the book, Logan struggles to overcome bulling until someone very special comes along. Laurel, the special classmate, and Logan develop an odd friendship based around palindromes and Logan's past life. All through the friendship, Laurel constantly asks Logan about his life b ...more
This awesome book is a story about a young boy who has witnessed something life changing that he never wants to see again. It is realistic fiction. I liked this book because it was a page turner and a very quick read. It is also written in verse!
Cassie Cox
I just finished "This Is What I Did" over my morning cup of coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery that wove its way through the pages of this book left me wondering and asking questions and wanting answers the entire time. I felt Logan's pain and his confusion about how to make things right, about how to "start over" after life-altering choices. Logan is "every teen."

The style is different. I've never read a book written in quite this fashion. On Tuesday night I'll be dining with
I managed to read this book in a day. It was both intriguing and the style in which it was written made it an easy read. It had been a while since I'd read a book where the protagonist was much younger than myself (Logan is in Jr. High) and it really gave me some perspective on how I now see my past during that time in my life. The suspense over what Logan "did" (referring to the title) kept me on my toes, wanting to read more, and I got a heart-sinking feeling once I found out. However, I feel ...more
I would give this 4 1/2. I thought it was really powerful. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It caught my attention and I read it in an afternoon (it's pretty short).
Logan and Zyler.Best friends and only each others friend until the tragedy stuck "one girl". It is surprising because I personally had so many common stuff with Logan. I am a introvert in a family of extroverts. And I have one friend who is good with talking to anyone and girls. I could see why he was pissed of when he found out about Zyler and the girl he loved, I would be too. Zyler was supposed to be his best friend and he was supposed to know that Logan fell for her. But he did not. So he di ...more
There isn't much to say about this book. I really didn't enjoy, and I only finished it because it was so short. The whole story hinges on the mystery of what happened to Logan and Zyler, which is revealed at the end of the book. But other than that, there is little else really going on. Logan doesn't really seem to have a personality, seeing as he says nothing for most of the book. I've read books with similar plotlines but they were better written. I would recommend Speak instead. This wasn't r ...more
Logan witnessed something horrific. It involved his friend and he doesn't want to talk about it to anyone. Not his family, not his therapist. So readers are kept in the dark about the specifics of what happened until the very end of the book. This Is What I Did is really less about what Logan did, and more about the aftermath and how Logan and his family have had to deal with it. While the tone is light at times and there is some good humor in places, the bullying Logan deals with is intense and ...more
Mrs. Kramm
The back of the book reads, "Imagine if you had witnessed something horrific. Imagine if it happened to your friend. Imagine if you hadn't done anything to help." The book (somewhat predictably) leads up to the reveal at the end of what Logan, the narrator, actually did. In the meantime, he struggles with social isolation and judgment as people invent a story for him.

Readers of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak will find some striking similarities between Speak and This is What I Did. In both stori
Logan used to be best friends with Zyler but we really don't know why this friendship has ended until the very end of the book. What we do know is that Logan, his twin younger brothers, his pregnant mom, and his dad have recently moved to get away from something that has happened in Logan's past. But whatever it was, it seems to have followed them and Logan is terribly bullied by a group of boys at school and at Boy Scouts because of it. Logan's only friend appears to be a girl, named Laurel, wh ...more
Read enough books for teens and you start to think kids are the witnesses to a lot of bad things. And, sadly, that's kind of the truth.

I read Ann Dee Ellis' heartfelt "This is What I Did" this summer and it reminded me of one of my favorite books, Courtney Summers' "Cracked up to Be." Both books center on main characters with dark secrets, who saw bad things unfold and might have been able to stop those bad things from happening.

The success of this type of novel lies in the storytelling.

Ann Dee
I'm so glad I was raised to speak up...always...even though it may not be what people want to hear. So many of these books are about kids who don't speak up in one situation or another. And then some of the books are about kids who do speak up and adults ignore them. Or laugh at them.

Logan has recently moved to start over again, and we're not why until near the end of the book. Something has happened with his best friend Zyler and a girl Logan has a crush on, but the reader isn't sure what. But
Mrs. Foley
Interesting book. A quick read with some little pictures or photos interspersed in the writing. It might really make students think about reporting what they know about some of their friends' home lives. And what might be helped if they would...

Review from Publisher's Weekly:
Part staccato prose, part transcript, this haunting first novel will grip readers right from the start. Fragmented scenes re-create, with grim authenticity, the almost claustrophobic perspective of the eighth-grade narrator,
I must say, This Is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis was a great find. And a lucky one, too. I stumbled across this gem almost accidentally while searching for something else, and after buying it, the poor thing remained tucked in the back of my closet, unloved, for a number of weeks (not a pleasant fate, I assure you). Thankfully, I managed to start reading it one rainy Sunday, and that was it. I was hooked and reached the end within the day (it's well-paced; brief but not rushed, and not more than ...more
Bullies scare me. Not bullies in real life, but bullies that my children will meet in life. I don't think I was properly prepared to face bullies because no mother wants to think that their child is being bullied OR that their child is a bully.

Here's my grand plan: Make sure my kids have a few good friends. And then teach my kids and their friends to look out for each other and other loners. They don't have to make sure that everyone joins their group, but if they see a child being singled out,
Hp Tan
Hovering between a 1 to 3 star rating. This book was rather disappointing. The reviews on Goodreads have for the most part, been pretty positive, so I thought I would like it a lot too. But it turned out to be otherwise. Let me clarify, though, that I didn't exactly dislike it. Nor is it badly-written. It's just not my style and type of book.

This Is What I Did is written in a unique way. Logan, the protagonist, narrates the book, and his perspectives of the world are quite interesting. They are
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Ann Dee (pronounced "Andy") Ellis received an MA from Brigham Young University, where she now works as an instructor for creative writing for children and young adults. She lives in Utah with her husband and two young sons.
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