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What I Did by Christopher Wakling
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May 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 14 to 21, 2012

It could happen to almost anyone -- imagine your 6-year-old child running out suddenly into oncoming traffic, though you know he knows better. You're so distraught with fear that you spank him publicly -- an emotional response to an emotional situation. This is witnessed by a passerby, who reports it to social services. And thus begins a long string of out-of-control consequences, miscommunications, and family trauma. However, in this instance, the story is told through the eyes of the child himself, 6-year-old Billy, which puts things in an interesting perspective.

I enjoyed this book, although it took some intense concentration at times to filter through Billy's run-together subconscious thoughts. I thought the story was interesting on two levels: one being the situation itself & how things can steamroll quickly out of control; secondly, although this was never mentioned & I've not seen a single reviewer note anything similar, to me, Billy's character screamed Asperger's Syndrome, which would certainly complicate a situation such as this.

Overall, this was a well-written book. It's simple yet complicated, sad but funny, and one that would really prompt some good discussion about discipline and how our society views it.
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