That’s What I Am
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A boy is taught how to be considerate and understanding of others.
Brigette: A 13-year-old boy learns the meaning of compassion.
Pete & Brigette: Drama/Coming-Of-Age
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Mr. Simon because of his wisdom and great teaching skills.
Brigette: The narrator because of his wit and insight.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Carl Freel because he was so arrogant.
Brigette: Mr. Freel because he was an ignorant bully.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It was immediately intriguing.
Brigette: It was immediately relatable and heartfelt.
Pete: “Did I say children are cruel?…sometimes even God has his moments” – Narrator regarding Stanley’s appearance.
Brigette: “Let’s just say that selection by process of elimination lacked a certain romance one might otherwise have found exciting even at the age of 13.” – Narrator
How was the soundtrack?
Brigette: There were only 4 songs which you can view on YouTube here:
Along Come Mary by The Association
Come And Get It by ‘Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The True Loves
Your Only Friend by Cooper Thomson
Forever by The Explorers Club
How was the ending?
Pete: Realistic but a little predictable. However, I do like it when you get the status update during the end credits.
Brigette: Realistic but not depressing. And I always love when the end credits give you an update on the characters.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Treat people with compassion and you might be rewarded.
Brigette: If we all treated people with compassion, the world would be a much better place.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: To people who search for justice and respect.
Brigette: To people who like their coming-of-age stories from multiple perspectives and with a wry wit.
Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Amy Madigan Won’t Eat Her Cereal
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty)
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Mr. Simon’s House
When was your first kiss?